Should we trust robotic surgery?
J Thoendell stashed this in Tech
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.
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: