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Four predictions for surgery in 2022

Many discussions about robotic surgery, digital surgery, and telesurgery, including many positives. In particular, thanks to new forms of AR, robot-assisted surgery platforms can see ( computer vision), learn ( machine learning) and assist ( clinical intelligence) with surgery, making a faithful digital surgical assistant available for the first time. But for robot-assisted surgery, digitized surgery, and telesurgery to show their full potential, 5G infrastructure needs to be provided everywhere. Robotic-assisted surgery also needs to be widespread for further development. 

1. Surgical robots in the market.

MarketsandMarkets predicts that the global market for robotic surgery will be $14.4 billion by 2026, up from $6.4 billion in 2021. Other market research companies have expected a similar growth rate. The growth of the global robot-assisted surgery market will not lag behind industry forecasts.

Advances in surgical robotics technology and increased funding for research in the development of medical robots will propel this market. Also driving the sector are the documented pros of robotic-assisted surgery, which include the reduction in surgical error and the use of open platforms, which ensures that hospitals leverage existing investments in technology.

2. Creation of new surgical platforms.

Additional surgical platforms and technologies will continue to be developed. 

In recent years, clinics worldwide have experienced cut effects on their budgets, mainly due to declining government budgets. As a result of spending cuts, staffing has been reduced, facility renovations have been delayed, and spending on medical equipment such as high-end robotic systems has been suspended.

The development and implementation of new medical technology is often a reaction to cuts in hospital budgets. The use and mass diffusion of innovative technologies in medicine are directly related to the availability of low-cost assistive technologies and new business models. New inexpensive and powerful technologies continue to be introduced to enable capabilities such as machine vision and new control schemes, new solutions for robotic-assisted surgery will follow.

3. The use of surgical robots in ASC.

A growing trend is expected to adopt robot-assisted surgery technologies in Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs). These autonomous facilities specialize in surgical, diagnostic, and preventive care that does not require hospitalization. 

Robotic-assisted surgery technology can provide many low-cost procedures typically performed in ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs). By using standard reusable instruments and an open platform architecture that allows hospitals to leverage existing investments in technology, robotic-assisted technology provides low operating costs. As these low operational costs extend to ASCs, providing a comparable cost per procedure, there is a growing trend toward using robotic-assisted surgery technology in ASCs.

4. Telesurgery.

There will be a shift toward telesurgery. The outlook for telesurgery is driven by two indicators - the availability of 5G and the mass adoption of robotic technology. As 5G becomes more prevalent and automated technology becomes more advanced, telesurgery becomes more feasible for specific procedures.

Artificial intelligence also provides machines with the ability to work and react like humans (and potentially replace humans). Augmented intelligence has the potential to improve technological circuits and enable new levels of precision and accuracy, ultimately leading to consistently better surgical outcomes.


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