Surgery is one of the many fields that has continued to evolve alongside technology. New machines have led to improved surgical procedures, less down time for patients, less waiting and more medical center visits. Given the numerous developments that have occurred over the past ten years, let's examine what you should expect as a patient in the high-tech world of modern surgery.
Minimally Invasive Procedures
Numerous procedures that required opening a patient up to operate have been replaced by minimally invasive surgeries. These surgeries are quicker, less painful, less scarring and ultimately better for the patient. One study found that minimally invasive surgeries significantly reduce the cost of surgery and reduced the number of days a patient required to recuperate.
Surgeons have always required steady hands, but their hands have been limited in the ways that they can operate. Robots, on the other hand, can have “hands” that are actually tools designed to perform minimally invasive procedures.Given the integration of cameras and other unique diagnostic devices that can be more flexible than plain eyesight, this allows robot-assisted surgeries to do things that traditional surgeons can't do.This results in less costs, a quicker period of recovery and a surgery that takes significantly less time than traditional surgeries.
Smoother Medical Center visits
The one thing most patients are familiar with is the fact that visits to any given medical center requires a significant amount of waiting. Even same-day surgeries are plagued with delays.The good news is that technology has made it so ambulatory surgical centers run on an even more timely basis. Companies like Nueterra partner with modern centers to help create an infrastructure that makes same-day surgery require significantly less than a day.They manage this by improving patient record management, screening and other necessary parts of healthcare that tend to cause delays between surgeries.
Another advance that is making surgery less complicated revolves around better imaging. Magnetic imaging is one such technology that allows surgeons to see within a patient's body without creating any incisions.The best part about this imaging is that it's getting better. Technological advances have allowed for higher resolution scanning, which in turn allows for doctors to spot complications and problems with even better accuracy.
Lasers are incredibly precise instruments that can make incisions finer than even the sharpest scalpel. This leads to less tissue damage, and allows surgeons to perform even more delicate procedures when used in tandem with a magnifying device.The benefits of lasers in surgery are vast. They allow for a faster recovery time, result in less scarring than traditional tools, and can perform otherwise impossible procedures.
Healthcare as a whole will continue to evolve so long as technology does. Faster trips, less invasive procedures and better imaging are just some of the more recent advances making surgical procedures easier on patients.Given that technology will likely continue to advance surgery, there may come a day when the “day procedure” becomes a “minute procedure”. Patients may pop in to have surgery performed, then go about their day after a few minutes of recovery.