Having taken an extended break from writing about the problems associated with robotic surgery, I think it’s time to explore an area not previously discussed.
What is the effect of the robot on surgical resident education?
Let’s review a few points about robot-assisted surgery. The surgeon actually doing the case is not scrubbed. He sits at a console away from the patient and manipulates the instruments. Another doctor has to scrub and insert the instruments through small incisions and “dock” (connect the instruments) to the part of the robot that is next to the patient.