8. Innovation in robotic surgery
Robotic surgery isn’t a new concept. Using robotics in different subspecialties is what will make robotic surgery a top innovation in 2019.
Most robotic platforms feature a precision surgical arm that helps position instruments during implantation surgery. The systems help surgeons be more accurate in more challenging procedures.
The spinal surgical robotics market has grown over the years, but the industry is starting to see an increase in the number of robotics used for more complex cases, like bronchoscopy and enndovascular procedures.
Innovation in robotic surgery is “opening new dimensions to explore,” said Dr. Jihad Kaouk, director of the Center for Robotic and Image Guided Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic said, at the 2018 Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit.
Some niche robots that exist include robots that can locate veins to help draw blood and robotic drills that drills into the skin 50 times faster than standard procedures.