Surgery is one area of healthcare that has evolved more than any other over the years, and will only continue to evolve as more go by. Some of the greatest innovations in the world of surgery are already on their way, and they could have quite the impact on our world as we know it. Here are some of the parts of the future of surgery that you need to be aware of.
We are likely to see the introduction of more artificial intelligence within operating theatres. AI programs and machinery have a precision that far surpasses that of any human surgeon. Any procedure they undertake can be handled in a more delicate manner.
Does this mean that we might one day see AIs take over from human surgeons? No, at least not any time soon. Instead, it is more likely that we will see them become a tool for surgeons to use in the operating theatre. They will be used mainly in surgeries where precision is a must, and will help to deliver a higher level of care than we can currently deliver.
Advancements in Tools
The tools that surgeons used are constantly being evolved and upgraded. Though many of them have been around in some form for hundreds of years, there are plenty of innovations that can improve upon what is already there.
Let’s take the retractor, as an example, the tool that is used to hold the body open on either side of an incision. The new surgical retractor from June Medical, for instance, improves upon the one that many surgeons already use. In addition to being self-retaining, it can also be adjusted with one hand – something that many surgeons will appreciate. It does not seek to change how we use retainers, only to improve the experience of using them.
Organ transplants are a common but risky surgery, and it can sometimes be difficult to source the right donor. One option that medical experts have considered for many years has been 3D bio-printing. Such a process involves creating artificial living tissue from the cells of the patient.
This would be a massive breakthrough in the world of surgery and healthcare. The chance of organ rejection would be eliminated, as would the patient’s need to take immunosuppressive drugs for the rest of their life. It would be a massive step forward that could make transplants even more common and readily available to those who need them the most.
These are three ways in which we might see surgery changing in the future. These changes could arrive very quickly, or they could require a lot of testing and trials before they become commonplace, but there is no denying the impact that they could have. They are also just some of the major innovations that we could see in the world of healthcare and surgery. Advancement in tech and tools mean that we could be closer to a major surgical revolution than we might think.