At the Nicholson Center, we provide medical practitioners and device teams with a unique hands-on approach to robotic surgery training, cadaver labs and more. With medical technology companies continuing to place an emphasis on developing more advanced robots to assist in surgery, our chief technology officer, Dr. Roger Smith, is always keeping an eye on the latest trends in medtech community. After exploring more than 40 robotic surgical devices in his Robot-of-the-Day (ROTD) feature on LinkedIn, Dr. Smith recently identified six motivations explaining why companies and investors are committed to a future of robotic surgery.
It’s been a productive year in robotics, and medical innovation is leading the charge. As we move into 2017, we took a look back at some of the greatest advancements in robotic surgery this year. Whether it’s a step for surgeon education or a leap for patient safety, this progress is monumental for the growing surgical market. Check out our noted innovations and 2017 predictions below:
Science and technology often take a page out of Mother Nature's book, using environmental adaptations to navigate the complex world of robotics. This month, we caught news of an original robot wiggling its way into future robotic surgeries: the SAW, or Single Actuator Wave-like Robot.
According to a Health Research Funding report, the rate of robotic surgeries is increasing by 25 percent annually, showing that the procedure is continuing to make its mark in the medical industry and the number of new innovations is growing along with it. Most recently, a new type of flexible robot is bringing more precision and flexibility to surgical operations including head and neck surgeries. Other robotic devices are designed to operate on the abdomen, joints and chest, but they don’t work well with the head and neck operations due to the lack of flexible movements.
According to a recent CBS News article, the flexible robot could be “the next revolution in surgical advancements” by making certain types of operations less invasive, resulting in faster recovery times for patients. Surgeons at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center were the first to use the flexible robotic system.
Verily keeps popping up in the news, but why is it making all of the headlines? Verily Life Sciences was recently announced as Google’s new life sciences company. The company is joining forces with Johnson & Johnson’s medical device company, Ethicon, to create Verb Surgical with the goal of developing robots and surgical platforms aimed at helping surgeons in the operating room.
Our 3rd Annual Florida Hospital Research Forum runs from April 21-22, and offers the opportunity for researchers from around Central Florida to present their medical research and clinical research to a group of their peers. The conference will be held at the Florida Hospital Orlando, Creation Conference Center, featuring Keynote Speaker Bill Evans and Guest Speaker will Kiminobu Sugaya.
There will be presentations on a wide range of subjects from physical therapy to oncology, and everything in between. We will also be featuring posters throughout the conference area displaying our researchers’ hard work. This conference is a great opportunity for Health and Science professionals to collaborate with like minded individuals on innovative procedures and technology.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS), a sleeping disorder involving cessation or significant decrease in airflow and breathing, affects around 12 million Americans. The Nicholson Center’s 3rd Annual OSAS Surgery International Course is designed to showcase the newest surgical procedures available to treat patients who cannot tolerate non-surgical treatment options.
2015 was full of medical advancements in the medical robotic industry, and 2016 promises to surpass expectations. New medical devices and discoveries arise every day, and each announcement brings a new piece to the emerging health tech puzzle. Recently, Medtronic, a medical device company, joined in on the purchase of Hansen Medical’s Sensei robotic system.
Robotic surgery has progressed by leaps and bounds throughout 2015, with advancements in devices and training services making the surgeries safer and less invasive. These developments are a result of vast technological advances and widespread acceptance of robotic assistance in medical care. 2015 was a big year for implementing new robotic surgical devices, and below are some of the biggest technological advancements made for medical innovation.
More than five million women in the world are affected with endometriosis, a disease commonly treated through robotic surgery and also a point of focus for our next educational event. We are kicking off the New Year with our Gynecological Acceleration Program (GAP), an expert-driven session hosted at the Nicholson Center. On January 11, 2016, experienced gynecologists from across the world will come together to discuss safe gynecological procedures, while experts train fellow medical professionals on how to reduce or eliminate genitourinary surgical risk. Below, we answered some frequently asked questions to help you prepare for the program.