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Beating Sleep Apnea through Robotic Surgery

September 7, 2013

Sleep apnea is more than a bad night’s sleep because it may anchor potential health problems. Obstructive sleep apnea is believed to agonize approximately 10 to 12 million American people, online media say. Sleep apnea may make a person to stop breathing for more than 30 times an hour and hold their breath up to 20 seconds at a time. There may be harmful side effects if sleep apnea is left untreated. Robotic surgery may be the answer to sleep apnea problem, according to health experts.


Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the betterment of TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS). The procedure is performed in the mouth to treat sleep apnea uses da Vinci robotic system. A high-definition 3-D magnified visualization is an important equipment that helps the surgeon to see the insides of the mouth and throat. The surgeon easily performs the operation through the patient\’s mouth. The 3-D and precise surgical cutting tools prevents damage to the surrounding areas that might swell after the surgery.


Unfortunately, there had been no medical devices and surgeries that have been proven a hundred percent effective. Death is one of the major complications that can happen to a patient.


References:

  • bvhealthsystem.org/?id=860&sid=1
  • myfoxny.com/story/21347544/robotic-surgery-could-treat-sleep-apnea
  • sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130827134751.htm
  • penn-medicine-clinical-reports.blogspot.com/2011/01/transoral-robotic-surgery-tors-for.html
  • philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2012/02/06/health-watch-robotic-sleep-apnea-surgery/

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Health Experts Raise Doubts on da Vinci Robotic Surgery

September 4, 2013

The use of robotic surgery has increased drastically in the past years, making it a popular surgical procedure for patients in the United States. Approximately 400,000 surgeries had been executed by da Vinci, which is a multi-armed robot costing a million-dollars. Da Vinci robot system is equipped with 3-D enhanced visualization and the wristed surgical instruments, which is controlled by the doctor sitting at a console, a few feet away from the operating table. Advocates say patients sometimes, who have less bleeding, are often sent home sooner than with conventional laparoscopic surgeries and operations involving large incisions. Potential risks related to the surgical robot has provoke health experts to worry.

Because of this, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to investigate the factors that contribute to the problems of the medical device earlier this year. The FDA began a survey of surgeons using the robotic system. This scrutiny helps the FDA to determine whether the growing number of injuries reported is simply because more robotic surgeries are being done, or if they are being caused by the machine itself or by the surgeons, who, critics argue, may have been given inadequate training.

Potential puncturing of the liver and spleen during heart surgery, rectal damage during prostate operation, and a vaginal hernia after hysterectomy are some of the reasons why lawsuits are filed against Intuitive Surgical. There are also a number of cases of unintended burns from the robot’s cauterising tools.


References:

  • rockcenter.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/14/18958967-robotic-surgery-is-high-tech-tour-de-force-but-is-it-safe?lite
  • news.msn.com/science-technology/is-robotic-surgery-safe
  • huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/09/da-vinci-robot_n_3042258.html
  • newscientist.com/article/mg21729105.800-robosurgeon-da-vinci-faces-lawsuits.html#.UhPAIdKoFRw

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