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can be done at virtually any hospital outpatient department or stand- alone ASC. Implementation of the latest technology is critical in health care. As more facilities embrace game-changing surgical devices and tools, the cost of new technology will decrease, spurring widespread accessibili- ty to several exciting developments being brought to the OR table. • Robotics. The surgical robot has come a long way since it first arrived in surgery. Twenty years ago, robotics enhanced human capabilities with the platforms simply by following the movements of the surgeon. Today, image-guidance improves the precision of robots, which guide the surgeon along preplanned surgical path- ways. Advances in the technology have allowed my department to shift approximately 50% of our robotic procedures to outpatient ORs. It's why my team and I were able to perform the world's first single-port kidney transplant, during which we placed surgical instruments and the donor kidney through a 4cm incision in the patient's abdomen. The procedure minimized tissue trauma and resulted in minimal post-op pain, allowing the patient to recovery without taking opioids. • Virtual reality. These technologies are helping to train an entire new generation of surgeons. Virtual reality lets physicians watch renowned surgeons perform complex procedures from anywhere in the world through headsets or training modules that simulate surgical procedures in great detail, allowing the physicians to get a feel for the surgery without using costly bone models or cadavers for practice. A recent UCLA study that assessed virtual reality as a training tool showed very promising early results. It's leveling the playing field among our young physicians and decreasing the learning curve faster than we ever thought possible. • 3D printing. Engineers are using 3D printing technology to create A P R I L 2 0 2 0 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 5

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