One of the most exciting things about telemedicine is the potential of its future. With all the new gadgets that keep creeping up with mobile technology, there’s no doubt that some of their applications to telemedicine will be even more exciting than what we’ve seen so far.
Telemedicine surgery is one of the classic examples of these technologies. Though they’ve been pioneered for several years now, and some of the greatest demonstrations were recorded as far back as 2007, the entire concept still seems futuristic.
Capabilities of Telemedicine Surgery
Some systems, like the daVinci system, have impressive dexterity and nearly unimaginable results, considering the long distances involved in their application.
For example, the daVinci system can even peel the skin off a grape, or perform such complex tasks as folding origami. Tasks such as these are performed as simply as if the entire system weren’t actually transmitting a surgeon’s movements over vast distances. In some cases, because of the magnification and special tools involved, these tasks can be performed even more effectively than they could in person.
Minimally invasive operations are another specialty of the daVinci system. The computer-modulated mechanics of each arm make sure that the surgical tools move around a point of rotation that is centered directly on the point of insertion into the patient’s skin.
The Immersive Surgeon’s Experience
The ergonomic console that’s used for surgeon input is one of the most incredible innovations about the daVinci system.
Any surgeon using the system has a console that encases his head, feeding magnified high-definition video to his eyes. The experience of total immersion is one of the aspects of the daVinci system that helps surgeons have such incredible performance across long distances.
The system also uses computer-based micro-adjustments to eliminate any tremors from the surgeon’s hands. This translates into the smoothest movements possible on the patient’s table, and eliminates surgeon’s error.
Common Surgeries with the daVinci System
So far, the hysterectomy is a common procedure for the daVinci system. Patients have reported positive experiences, and the precision of these devices has actually improve post-surgical recovery for many patients.
Other procedures are more advanced, though, and the daVinci system stands up to the task well. Everything from neurolysis to mitral valve repair has been attempted and successfully completed with the daVinci system.
It’s also been used in countries all over the world, including Belgium, Canada, Italy, the Philippines, Turkey, the United States, and the United Kingdom.