Elaine Sassoon has recently been awarded an EU approved Diploma in Robotics.
What are microsurgery robotics?
Performing surgery on the nerves, tumors, blood vessels or individual cells is intricate work for a surgeon and can come with unwanted outcomes. These difficult operations can have a much better success rate through the use of robotics, which utilises a 3D camera and precision microscopic instruments, so increasing visual capabilities and surgical precision.
Training to operate these surgery enhancing tools is increasing in popularity with courses available worldwide, however not all of the diplomas are approved by the EU.
Reconstructive surgeons are particularly benefiting from specialist training to operate robotic equipment. Robotics equipment is used to perform delicate procedures. With many surgical applications it is improving the success rate of many intricate operations such as prostate tumor removal and perforator flap harvest.
Microscopic vision and the steadiest hand
Prostrate tumours have been notoriously risky operations, their position, size and close proximity in the male body has always meant that their removal comes with a high probability of leaving the patient incontinent or impotent. Being able to employ a higher magnification and use equipment with a far greater control and accuracy is now decreasing those risks.
The steady ‘hand’ of robotic instruments are used to harvest perforator flaps for use in reconstructive surgery – perforator flaps are skin and/or fat that are harvested from an adjacent or alternative part of the patient’s body to replace removed tissue, such as in breast reconstruction. This improvement in harvest can help to decrease the time the patient spends in surgery and increase the reconstruction success rate.
Availability of robotics equipment
Robotics were extremely expensive when they were first produced, but over time we are seeing a drop in costs and improvements in the capabilities. Although robotics are not widely available as yet, there is a steady improvement in their utilisation and availability.