Will Robots Render Surgeons Obsolete?

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June 18 (Bloomberg) -- New York University Langone Robotic Surgery Center’s Dr. Michael Stifelman discusses robotic surgery on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

List robotic surgeons in the country.

How did you end up on this past -- path?

But i decided earlier on that i wanted to do minimally invasive surgery, and when i saw the technology, i realize this would be a game changer.

We have been doing robotics at nyu for 10 years.

That is how it started off.

Where are robots so far most helpful in surgery echo what kind of surgeries are you seeing the most progress with?

A great question.

We are seeing it in all different subspecialties.

We are seeing it at the nyu medical center and using it in cardiac, graphic general surgery, and and even with oncology.

We are seeing it in all different areas of subspecialties.

Probably the sweet spot for this technology is getting two very difficult to reach places where you need to do very complex procedures, such as very small suturing or dissecting nerves, that sort of thing.

That seems to be one of the sweet spot for the technology at this point.

Ellis about the risks associated with this -- tell us about the risks associated with this kind of procedure.

I know there are some obligations with some robots.

Some deaths have even been blamed on it.

It comes down to the surgeon at the end of the day.

The surgeon needs to decide which tool, which approach, and which technology is best for he or she.

And at the end of the day, this is a tool.

If you put someone that does not know how to fly a plane very well into an f-14, they may not do so well with flying that plane.

At the end of the day, i don't think it's the technology.

It is really the responsibility of the surgeon, and experience is everything.

The more experience you have with this technology, we have seen in multiple studies, the better outcomes you have.

If it depends on the surgeon, talk to us a little bit about what you are doing during the surgery.

It sounds like robots do a lot of the work, but you need to be there controlling them.

It is somewhat of a misnomer.

It is really a master-slave relationship.

Nothing happens without the surgeon.

In standard surgeries, the surgeon is standing next to the patient.

And we are controlling the robotic arms through this console.

What is so amazing about it is we now have four arms to utilize versus just two.

You take a two-armed surgeon and turn him into four.

The second piece of this technology is the visualization.

Again, in surgery, there's a lot of peripheral vision around us and we have to focus in one area.

In robotics, you saw earlier that you can place her head into the console and you have complete 3-d high-definition magnification of the surgical field.

What the technology is doing is giving better visualization, more arms to work with, more flexible the -- flexibility and the ability to manipulate the tools and scale them down in a minimally invasive environment.

Looking ahead, the surgeon is very important today, but can you imagine a time where the robots and the robotic tools eliminate the need for a surgeon and they can do it themselves?

I think that is very, very far from my lifetime.

I do not see in the near future, the next 10 to 15 years, that we will be in a situation where there is not the need or -- for the skill or the human hands to do this operation.

What about the cost?

Is this at the moment a much more expensive procedure?

And you see costs dropping?

Air is the perception that he will be more costly.

What we're finding is when we are -- when put into experienced hands and people use the technology day in and day out and are able to do multiple procedures on one system per day, those increased costs are somewhat nominal, if any.

And the benefit for the surgeon -- excuse me, for the patient, if they will get out of the hospital earlier.

It will be less risk of blood rob -- blood loss, and less pain.

And the things that come up a lot when we talk about costs are costs to society.

These patients will be able to get back to work more quickly than they would using a more traditional technique for many of these procedures.

Yes, there's the perception of increased cost, but in reality in high-volume centers, the cost , if anything, is minimal.

And it is clearly made up on the

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