We are pleased to announce Professor Richard Satava is one of the featured speakers of the Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics 2021 (#HSMR21).

Professor Satava gave a talk on ‘Advanced Surgical Robotic Technologies’ followed by a Q&A session.

Abstract

There are numerous revolutionary technologies which have yet to be exploited in the surgical community, though they are common in other professions, thus the need to raise awareness of the potential of these technologies

Description: Even as this fourth revolution in surgery in 25 years (robotic surgery) is gaining in popularity, a much more disruptive change is beginning with the next revolution: non-invasive Directed Energy Surgery for Diagnosis and Therapy (DEDAT) such as photo-biomodulation using photonics, high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), etc, which are just the tip of the iceberg that heralds the transition to non-invasive surgery. Energy, when combined with image-guidance, robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), information systems technologies, Virtual Reality (VR), molecular and genetic manipulation (CRISPR), and nanotechnology (to name a few), will provide an opportunity for surgical therapy at the cellular and molecular level, and non-invasively.

Such systems are based upon the premise that image-guidance, robotics, AI and automation can bring non-invasive visualization, precision, speed and reliability, especially as surgery ‘descends’ into ‘operating’ at the cellular and molecular level. In addition to the advanced directions in the area of surgery, there are numerous other technologies that are emerging today that will impact the direction of healthcare in general, such as next generation in robotics, operating room of the future, artificial organs, regeneration, 3-D printing, genetic engineering, as well as a rethinking of how to educate and train the physicians and surgeons of the future.

Preliminary Results: Most of these technologies are still in pre-clinical research – a few will have demonstration videos.

Conclusions: Surgeons need to have at least an introductory understanding of such technologies in order to ‘avoid the technological surprises’ of the past, such as laparoscopic and robotic-assisted surgery.