Robotic Surgery

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After viewing the Da Vinci Surgical system, I must admit it was a very interesting way of doing surgery. It is done by having the real surgeon working the console that controls the robot’s arms. As of now there is no way to program the equipment, but in time, I believe this will become a reality, with the age of technology advancing quickly; robots will be able to work alone without the aid of an actual person. At this time there is only one company that makes this robotic surgical system. They would like to make this procedure the standard for surgeries by encouraging surgeons and hospitals to adapt this technique. The cost to the hospital will be between $1 and $2.3 million depending on the model purchased. Plus, there is a service agreement that ranges from $100,000 to $170,000 per year. This alone will be a huge expense that the hospital has to endure and the patients will also feel the cost through the rising medical costs. There are some hospitals that have approved and have endorsed the robotic surgery are being better than conventional surgery, but there are not enough clinical trials proving this statement (M.D, 2013). To understand if the hospital facility should use robotic surgery, several things have to be considered. The first one being is the size of the community and how many hospitals there are. If there are less than 25 thousand and have only 1 to 2 hospitals, it would not be a viable solution to the community, if it was to occur and the need was minimal, the added cost would hurt or possibly cause the hospital to close. I think the ideal community that would benefit the use of robots for surgery would be a population of at least 35 to 40 thousand minimum populations and also have no less than 3 hospitals within the community. And if one of the hospitals were to purchase the Da Vinci system, word would spread fast and people from the…...

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