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Real-life Robots In Surgery

April 17, 2018 - 5:00 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Perhaps you have heard about hospitals using robots for surgery?

The word "robot" may sound straight from science fiction. Actually, these real-life robots are a lot more like appliances than fill-ins for doctors. 

The most important thing to know is that robots don’t act “on their own” and are always under human control. But why go to the robots?

Robots are especially helpful in minimally invasive surgery. Robotic surgery systems have special instruments, such as scissors and forceps, which are attached to robotic arms. 

The surgeon can operate these arms from a remote area that provides a 3D high definition view of the surgical field. 

Combined, these features make it easier for doctors to do very delicate procedures with greater precision and dexterity.