Human Surgeons Are “Barely Trained” On Operating Room Robots

In a new paper, social scientist Matthew Beane found a troubling trend: doctors were “barely trained” in how to operate robots in the operating room, Axios reports. The use of surgeon robots in hospitals has become a growing trend — but not without growing pains.

Beane, a professor from the University of California in Santa Barbara, examined the knowledge of those who were officially licensed to use robots like the Da Vinci —a high-tech robotic system that allows surgeons to perform operations through tiny incisions.

But since fewer surgeons are needed to operate the robots, fewer students get to have a shot at using it. “So the resident gets 10 to 20 times less practice,” said Beane, as quoted by Axios.

“I found that learning surgery through increasing participation using approved methods worked well in traditional (open) surgery, as current literature would predict,” Beane’s wrote in the paper. “But the radically different practice of robotic surgery greatly limited trainees’ role in the work, making approved methods ineffective.” READ MORE ON: FUTURISM

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