Surgical robots promise to make surgery less painful; and yet are still medically unnecessary most of the time

Saturday, August 07, 2004
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Surgeons in Australia are excited over new surgical robots they are using to perform surgical operations on patients. These new robots allow surgeons to perform operations with improved precision in a way that reduces post-operative complications and actually requires less staff during the surgical procedure.

Here's how it works: with the help of the surgical robot, surgeons remote control two robotic arms that are inserted into the patient through small incisions. A high-resolution 3-D telescope accompanies the robotic arm so that the surgeon can see what's going on. Seated at a console, the surgeon can then perform complex movements such as making incisions, manipulating tissues, or even suturing tissues.

Surgeons are excited about this because it makes heart surgery more precise, and, in their words, far safer. The result of the surgery is less scarring, less bleeding, and less pain. It certainly is a good thing when medical technology can provide a way for surgeons to conduct surgeries that have less scarring and require smaller incisions, and I have no doubt these surgical robots will be extremely helpful in treating trauma, but once again, there is so much heart surgery done around the world that is entirely unnecessary that it seems somewhat ridiculous to me to talk about the benefits of a 3 million dollar surgical robot when most of these heart patients could avoid surgery in the first place by taking a few hundred dollars worth of nutritional supplements and by changing their dietary practices so that they avoid hydrogenated oils. If they were to add in a regular dose of cardiovascular exercise along with those other strategies, they could almost universally avoid heart surgery.

So, modern medical technology is great stuff, and anytime the field of robotics can help make surgeries safer, less painful, and less traumatic for patients, then we all stand to benefit. But if smaller incisions are better for patients, then no incisions are better yet. Avoiding surgery is the best way to have no bleeding, no scarring, and no pain. But once again, avoiding surgery means taking responsibility for your own health outcome. It means preventing disease rather than trying to treat it after the fact. It means fixing yourself through nutrition and physical fitness rather than lying down on a surgeon's table and saying, "Fix me, doctor." Even the most advanced robotic technology in the world cannot force a person to make healthy choices in their life.

My view on all of this is that these medical breakthroughs and robotics technology are certainly good news for those who truly must undergo surgery for one reason or another (such as for injury or trauma), but for most people, the best option is to put your faith in your own body's ability to heal itself rather than putting your faith in robotic technology breakthroughs.

Remember, you already have the most advanced nanotechnology robots in the world coursing through your veins right now, circulating through your entire system. Your body is a nanotechnology miracle that already knows how to cure cancer, repair tissues, reverse atherosclerosis, and fundamentally heal itself from head to toe. So, if you really want to see some cool robotic technology in action, start eating superfoods and engaging in physical exercise, and watch your own body turn into the most amazing health machine you've ever witnessed.

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