Dutch Experimental Designer Launches DIY Surgical Robot Project

Dutch Experimental Designer Frank Kolkman launched The OpenSurgery initiative, which investigates whether building DIY surgical robots, outside the scope of healthcare regulations, could plausibly provide an accessible alternative to the costly professional healthcare services worldwide. The project aims to provoke alternative thinking about medical innovation by challenging the socioeconomic frameworks healthcare currently operates within.


The Medical Innovation Paradox

Over the past decade robots have transformed surgery. Anyone who has seen the close up video of a surgical robot peeling a grape and stitching it neatly back together1 will intuitively understand the benefits of bringing robots into the surgery theatre. Intricate machines like the Da Vinci Surgical System allow even long and complicated procedures to be performed with super human precision and dexterity. All while decreasing patient trauma and providing a more comfortable experience for the surgeon.

Robotic surgery builds upon laparoscopic surgery and in short it’s benefits could be summarized by a combination of changing the method of access and reducing the scale of the tools1. A surgeon sitting in an ergonomic control console, a few meters removed from the operating table, uses specialized joysticks to control a variety of tiny surgical instruments attached to robotic arms. Inserted through a series of small keyhole incisions, this effectively allows the surgeon to perform operations inside the patient’s body without the need to create a single large incision. A stereoscopic camera, also attached to one of the robotic arms, provides the surgeon with enhanced 3d vision allowing him to monitor every move precisely. Because of this robotic surgery reduces the risk of complications and readmissions and in general speeds up the recovery process.Read more

Source: opensurgery.net

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