According to John Hopkins University, a Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) has successfully performed “keyhole” intestinal surgery on pigs. It is the first surgical robot to perform a successful operation on a pig.
Also, the operation was without any aid from humans. The robot deals with complicated procedures better than ordinary doctors do.
A more autonomous and improved version of the robotic-arm-equipped device has performed a successful procedure laparoscopically operation. It required only small incisions to enter and exit the surgical tools. So far, STAR did four operations on four pigs. However, we don’t know when a surgical robot will do the first operation on a human being.
Furthermore, the study said that the robot had “significantly better results than humans performing the same procedure.”
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How surgical robot performs the operation!
Since the Intestinal anastomosis operation is in soft tissue, it considers a particularly tricky operation. If any of the sutures that doctors or robots used in the operation are misplaced, It will cause intestinal leakage, and that will lead to very bad consequences for the patient.
ِA set of specialized suturing tools, an autonomous control system, and better imaging systems are the new features of the improved version of STAR. Even with Autonomous Operationthe unpredictable movements of the soft intestinal tissue, the robot is able to adapt the surgical plan during the operation.
“Robotic anastomosis is one way to ensure that surgical tasks that require high precision and repeatability. Can be performed with more accuracy and precision in every patient independent of surgeon skill. We hypothesize that this will result in a democratized surgical approach to patient care with more predictable and consistent patient outcomes.”. Asst. Prof. Axel Krieger in Johns Hopkins said