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How to Maintain Robotic Surgery Skills During the COVID-19 Shutdown

Surgeons took many years to develop the skills and judgement that makes them good and safe in the operating room. Many studies have shown that ...
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How to Maintain Robotic Surgery Skills During the COVID-19 Shutdown

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Surgeons took many years to develop the skills and judgement that makes them good and safe in the operating room. Many studies have shown that these skills can degrade during periods of prolonged inactivity. Robot surgery skills in particular seem more prone to rapid degradation than other types of surgery. Early studies by Jenison showed…

The Growth of Robotic Surgery

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Has the growth of robotic surgery been at the expense of open surgery or laparoscopy? One of the commonly held beliefs is that robotic surgery has helped increase the overall growth of less invasive surgery and particularly moved patients from having an open approach to a less invasive approach. This was definitely the case with…

Robotic Surgery Patient Costs

Robotic Surgery Patient Costs
Patient Out of Pocket Costs for Robotic Cancer Surgery vs Traditional Open Cancer Surgery John Lenihan Jr., MD Robotic surgery has been criticized from the very start as being “too expensive.” Most of this criticism was based on early studies that compared the direct peri-operative costs of robotic surgery to open and laparoscopic surgeries. The…

What Does a Good Robotic Surgery Training Program Look Like?

by John Lenihan, Jr., MD, FACOG In the recent past, most surgical training programs were modeled on the Halstead Axiom of “See One, Do One, Teach One.” This was particularly true for robotic surgery training since many programs were overloaded with teaching traditional open and minimally invasive surgery skills to their students. Also, many educational…

Importance of Teams in Robotic Surgery

The disruptive technology of robotic-assisted surgery has enabled surgeons from many different specialties to now offer truly minimally invasive procedures to an increasing number of patients who previously were never candidates for this approach. However, this innovative technology has created unique issues in the operating rooms. One critical issue has been the effect that robotic…

Robotic Surgery Simulation Takes Flight

Robotic Surgery has been around for over 15 years in most U.S. health care systems. The introduction of computer-assisted robotic surgery has enabled many surgeons of all different specialties to perform minimally invasive procedures on more patients than ever before. But like all new technologies, there have been both good and bad outcomes. The good…

On the path to proficiency based robotic surgery training

Surgeons across the globe have been trained to perform surgical procedures by the Halstead Method of “See One, Do One, Teach One” since the early 1900’s. This process relies on didactic teaching and observation of skilled surgeons by young learners who then go on to develop and improve their skill on live patients. Despite this…

Titan Medical and Mimic Technologies Announce Successful Completion of Core Surgical Skills Simulation Modules

TORONTO and SEATTLE, Sept. 18, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Titan Medical Inc. (“Titan” or the “Company”) (TSX:TMD) (Nasdaq:TMDI), a medical device company focused on the design, development and commercialization of a robotic surgical system for application in single-port minimally invasive surgery (“MIS”) and Mimic Technologies Inc. (“Mimic”), a market leader in robotic simulation, announce the…