Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Hot Technology Supplement - April 2018

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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6 6 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 1 8 Is demand for robotic-assisted surgery growing? I think so. My practice for non-emergency surgeries is about 90% robotics. The technology is arguably the standard of care for urology, GYN and oncology. General surgery and general surgery subspecial- ties are in a rapid adoption curve, particularly for hernia, colorectal and thoracic procedures. I'm the founding director of the Institute for Defense Robotic Surgical Education. The fed- eral owned, federal-run site has trained over the past year 41 surgeons from 21 different federal and military facilities. Demand is so high that we project to have a year-long back- log. What makes the training program different from others? The bulk of robotic training focuses on the sur- geon. However, robotics is a very specialized way to do surgery, so the surgeon will struggle if the entire team is not comfortable with the robot. That's why we also train circulator nurses and surgical techs along with the surgeons. As robotics becomes more widely used, getting teams to trust the robot and themselves will be key to uilding Trust Between Surgical Teams and Robots B Joshua Tyler, MD, FACS, FASCRS Air force surgeon and robotics revolutionary.

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