Robots to Play Growing Role in Surgery of the Future

Published November 28th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

In the smart operating rooms of the future, surgeons will be assisted by machines rather than people, according to the vision of an international company specializing in medical robotics, the Gulf News reported Tuesday. 

Voice recognition software and specially designed robots will give the physician complete control, the paper said, providing an extremely small margin of error, claims California-based Computer Motion. 

The company develops and markets speech-controlled, interactive robotic tools and devices for use in operating theatres that focus on less painful, minimally invasive surgery, the daily added. 

Chairman Robert Duggan, who is in Dubai seeking industry alliances and hospital orders, was quoted by the paper as saying, "patients around the world want surgery with less pain and less recovery time. Intelligent, interactive robots in the hands of trained surgeons are ushering in this new era. "To date, our products have safely assisted in more than 130,000 minimally invasive procedures," -- 


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