Modern medical surgery is possibly one of the greatest achievements of mankind in the last few hundred years. Where once we were performing the act of bloodletting to remove the demons from a person’s body, we’re now completing full organ transplants that allow the patient to live a long and healthy life.
Surgery is constantly in a state of flux, and new advancements from the field mean that surgeons are always on the bleeding edge of what’s possible with the human body, and the different ways that it can be repaired. These are some of the technological advancements we can expect from surgery in coming years.
- Virtual Reality
Virtual reality technology hasn’t truly made its impact on the world just yet, and has very much remained in its infancy, with most of the focus being on the video game and real mone industries. But VR tech is set to completely change in the world in several different industries, with medicine and surgery being at the forefront.
Shafi Ahmad performed the first operation using virtual reality tech in 2016 at the Royal Longdon Hospital, where he was able to perform the entire surgery with the help of a virtual reality camera. But this is only the beginning, and in the next few years we will start to see more and more surgeons making use of VR goggles while operating on their patients, allowing them to see
Surgical robotics are the definite future of surgery, with a recent market analysis revealing that the industry is expected to boom by the end of 2020 with expect sales to double to $6.4 billion in total.
The world’s most famous robotic surgical machine is the da Vinci Surgical system, and while it was originally implemented 15 years ago, modern practices have allowed it to become more prolific in the medical world. Google has also announced that they will be working on their own robotic system along with Johnson&Johnson.
Other nanobots are currently in development, and thanks to magnetic filaments, they will be able to be controlled through the usage of magnetic fields, allowing them to almost be almost microscopic in size, and without the need for any onboard electronics of systems.
- 3D Printing
Surgeries that last for many hours at a time are often successful depending on the amount of planning that goes into them, and this is where technology and sciences like 3D printing come into play.
One such example comes from China, where a team of experienced doctors designed and printed a full-sized model of a baby’s heart, which had a heart defect.
This allowed them to see the heart close up, to strategies on how best to remedy the defect, and to give them the pre-planning practice they needed before operating on the infant, which they did successfully, and the boy survived the procedure without any long-term effects.