It is not easy being a doctor. Someone’s life is in your hands, so you cannot go wrong. A slight mistake might cost you someone’s life. Even after intensive training, there is no guarantee that the doctor won’t commit any mistake. But, what if, the doctor takes all its experience and the knowledge to create a machine that will carry out any surgery with utmost precision? Computers can never go wrong as they are programmed for precision and consistency.
Earlier, a robot has carried out surgery, but it was supervised and controlled by doctors. This time around, it was left alone to complete the surgery. The usage of the robot in hospitals is a decade old concept, but this is the first time, the robot has acted as an autonomous body. Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot or STAR has successfully carried out the soft tissue surgery. STAR carried out its first successful surgery on a pig, but its first encounter as an independent body has outperformed experts.
It is a common saying, that a human makes mistakes, so when the human involvement will be reduced, the chances of mistake also reduces automatically. There will be fewer complications and the well being and efficiency of operations will improve. If you compare the scenario to current standards, then you will see that the machine is way ahead and are performing far better. The outcomes will be better when the machine will start handling all the intricacies of precision and more lives can be saved.
There are lots of intricacies and complications involved in surgery of soft tissue, removal of the tumour or bowel surgery, but when the human error will be out of the operation theatre then there will be no need to panic.
STAR is equipped with surgical tools in its robotic arm with the help of which it is carrying out the surgery efficiently. The soft tissues have lots of complexities, but STAR combined the fluorescent markers along with the imaging technologies to understand the complexities to operate it successfully.
The animal survived the surgery without any complications. Even the stitches were woven very delicately achieving unmatched precision in surgery.
If a human would have conducted the same surgery, then he would have been three times faster than STAR. Apart from time, STAR has outperformed its human counterpart by creating trained leak proof joints, sutures spacing and while removing the needle from the tissue, it didn’t commit any mistake. Be it any platform, starting from laparoscopic, open, or robot aided surgery the human doctor wasn’t able to match up to the robot counterpart.
STAR was provided with the assistance to ensure that the thread doesn’t get entangled but when to poke the needle and where to take it out was decided solely by the robot itself.
The only thing that STAR wasn’t able to match was the time consumed by it during the operation. But, the scientists are not worried at all because this time around they wanted to concentrate more on the accuracy and skills. The machine can work faster, so next time, they can enhance the speed of their STAR.
The STAR can see some soft tissues that are not visible to the human eye, so it can carry out the surgery with precision. The whole idea of making the robots carry out the surgery doesn’t mean that they are going to replace humans completely instead they are being introduced to make the surgeon better and the procedure of surgery safer.
News of the wrong implant or operating the wrong side of the body or leaving surgical objects inside the body has become quite common. But with the introduction of robot doctor, these kinds of negligence can be reduced effectively.