“Across the country, surgeons are learning to use more than just scalpels and forceps. In the past decade, a growing number of medical institutions have invested in the da Vinci robot, the most common device used to perform robot-assisted, or robotic, surgery,” writes Mary Scott Hodgin in their recent NPR article entitled “Doctors Learn The Nuts And Bolts Of Robotic Surgery.”
“Compared to traditional open surgery, robotic surgery is minimally invasive and recovery time is often shorter, making the technology attractive to patients and doctors,” Hodgin explains.
According to the NPR piece, “the robot has become common practice in some specialties, such as urology and gynecology, and that growth is expected to continue, which means more surgeons are learning to use the device.”
"It's not necessarily, 'Is robot better?' " says Dr. Kenneth Kim, director of the robotic training program at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama in Hodgin’s article.
"Robot is just another tool that they need to master just like any other surgical tool,” Kim explains in the article.
“But ‘mastering the robot’ can be a challenge,” shares Hodgin.