For a time on Sunday morning, the meeting room in the Walt Disney World Yacht and Beach Club looked like one of those 1950s movie theaters with the audience wearing cardboard 3-D glasses.
But instead of cartoonish characters on the screen, it was robotic pincers delicately snipping at the internal organs of a woman having a hysterectomy. The combination of medical robotics and 3-D technology allows surgeons to burrow beneath the skin to perform operations that once required opening up a patient.
“The reason for doing robotic surgery is that it’s less invasive and more precise,” said Dr. Vipul Patel, who organized the World Robotic Symposium attended by more than 1,000 surgeons from around the world.
Patel, who has performed more than 3,500 robotic procedures at Florida Hospital, uses a $1.5 million robotic console equipped with a magnified 3-D view of the body’s interior.
The combination of robotics and 3-D imagery allows Patel to perform operations for prostate cancer that take less time, allows the patient to heal faster, and reduces the risks of bleeding and infections.
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