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Should we trust robotic surgery?


Petrozza says that if his robotic arms were to fail him mid-surgery, he feels confident that he could finish the job. “If necessary I could disengage the robot and convert the procedure [to either an open or laparoscopic surgery],” he says, “but if a surgeon wasn’t confident in those traditional methods and had only been trained on a robot — what would they do?”

Considering the current state of robotic surgical technology, that leaves plenty of terrifying scenarios—from mechanical failure at the most basic levels to program interference. 

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So the answer is that it's good but getting better.

But there's still plenty that can go wrong.

I've been fascinated by this robot ever since I discovered it in May:

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