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Discuss the advantages and disadvantages, in specific points, of robotic surgery to...

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newkirk7 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted June 6, 2013 at 1:37 AM via web

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Discuss the advantages and disadvantages, in specific points, of robotic surgery to both patient and surgeon.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1356187/

http://www.futuretechnology500.com/index.php/future-medical-technology/robotic-surgery-advantages-and-disadvantages/

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 6, 2013 at 3:02 AM (Answer #1)

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There are many advantages and disadvantages when it comes to robotic surgery. 

When it comes to advantages, we can say that often times robots are more precise that humans. It is important to keep in mind the adage - "to err is human." Also when it comes to surgery, we need to keep in mind human fatigue. Sometimes surgeries can take 12 hours or more! 

When it comes to disadvantages, we need to realize that the human body is complex. So, there might be variables during a surgery that a computer or robot is not aware of. In this case, a human touch is important. Human judgment and experience might be more important in these situation. 

Finally, the human touch can also be a bit more of comfort. 

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