Patient's Prostate Removed in First All-Robot Surgery
Dr. Aprikian told the University that the robots make surgery much safer and quicker, since the 'bots can make precise and delicate movements that human fingers cannot. But those fearful of a robot-dominated future shouldn't fret (not yet anyway). Dr. Hemmerling believes it will be quite a while before fully autonomous robotic surgeries can be performed successfully. Most surgery 'bots are too large for an autonomous method to be practical, and the tech is still lagging. "Robots will not replace doctors but help them to perform to the highest standards," he said.