For several years, surgical robots in the medical device space were limited to giant arms that surgeons could control remotely. Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robot has been used for gynecological procedures since 2005, and surgery using the robot remains the most common approach used for hysterectomies in the United States. Stryker’s Mako surgical system recently earned the regulatory green light for performing total-knee replacement surgery. (It previously was approved for partial-knee-replacement surgery only.)
But there’s so much more going on in robot research these days.
Medical and surgical robots are getting smaller and, in some cases, autonomous. The field of micro- and nanorobotics is growing so much that The Journal of Medical Robotics Research in Europe is planning a special issue on it. Its call for papers includes topics such as microrobot-assisted surgical systems—and micro- and nanorobotics for cell engineering, biological fluids and tissues, and surgery and therapy, as well as in-situ targeted/controlled drug delivery.
In case you missed them, here are nine more recent robotic advances you should know: