This time,the UK scientists are in the limelight. As per recent media reports, British Scientists have developed the world’s smallest surgical robot which can easily transform daily operations for tens of thousands of patients.
This robot, named as Versius, can very well mimic the human arm and is used to carry out a wide range of activities, in which a series of small incisions are made to circumvent the need for traditional open surgery.
This list includes hernia repairs, colorectal operations,as well as prostate, ear, nose and throat surgery. These procedures minimize complications and pain after surgery and boost up the recovery process of patients.
How does this robot work?
To start with, the robot is controlled by a surgeon at a console guided by a 3D screen in the operation theater. Most importantly, this robot is much user friendly as compared to the existing mechanisms and takes only one third of the total space of the current machines.
Also, for the robots to bring a new kind of change to the existing medical scenario, they need to be versatile, user friendly, taking minimum space so that it can move with ease in between the operation theaters, or pack them away when not needed. In lieu to this, Martin Frost, chief executive of the Cambridge Medical Robotics, regarded that, “Our robot does all of this and is the first robotic arm to be designed specifically for laparoscopic surgery”.
Researchers have further used electronics from the mobile phones to let the robots ‘think’ and process information and the usage of gear box technology, mainly designed by the space industry to help it move.
Lastly, in spite of being scheduled to be launched next year, the main obstacle remains the price and the size of the robots. Here, Martin Frost regarded that, “But the problem at the moment is that they are phenomenally expensive, not only do they cost $2.5 million each to buy but every procedure costs an extra $3,800 using the robot… and they are very large.”
The Cambridge Medical Reports have apparently started working with a number of National Health Services-owned and private hospitals to introduce the robots.
Right now, the global market for surgical robots is worth approximately $4 billion a year but the expected growth is $20 by 2024.