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Doctor explains how to avoid mistakes with robot surgery

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2019 | Surgical Errors |

Robotic surgery sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, and that makes a lot of people nervous. In recent news reports, people have revealed that they generally think that this type of procedure is too dangerous or carries too great of a level of risk.

However, this robotic surgery isn’t quite as advanced as the name may imply. A trained surgeon controls the robot, and it just offers a greater degree of precision than would be possible during an unassisted procedure. This is important when trying to do minimally-invasive surgery or working on highly-technical issues.

The key to safety, one surgeon pointed out, lies with the medical professionals themselves. The robot is only another tool that they can use. The surgeon is largely responsible for the outcome, just as they would be with any other type of procedure.

To that end, consistency is important. The process starts with rigorous training, but this is not a situation where medical professionals can simply learn their skills and then have them for the rest of their life. They need to perform a steady stream of monthly or even weekly procedures to stay proficient. This helps them improve or at least maintain the skills that they have. With too low of a caseload — or too long of a gap between procedures — mistakes are more likely.

The reality is that surgical errors can happen in any setting, whether is it a robotic surgery or a more traditional procedure. If you suffer injuries or complications because of mistakes made by a medical professional, you may be able to seek financial compensation.


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