Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Megatrends - January 2018

Outpatient Surgery Magazine, providing current information on Surgical Services, Surgical Facility Administration, Outpatient Surgery News and Trends, OR Excellence and more.

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Adapt or Be Left Behind Follow these 5 trends to prepare for surgery's exciting future. C hange seems to happen in the blink of an eye, doesn't it? Think about what you've already witnessed over the course of your career. Surgeons who used to perform dis- abling open procedures are entering joints, abdomens and organs laparoscopically and endoscopically. Robot-assisted surgery is smarter and more automated. It's getting harder to tell the differ- ence between surgical images and actual anatomy. Patients who used to spend days recovering in hospitals after joint replace- ments are walking out of outpatient facilities hours after they hobbled in. Surgery's infection point? We've already witnessed a series of them, but there are even more on the horizon that will once again transform surgical care. Robotic surgery expands The da Vinci surgical robot has been instrumental in the development of robotic surgery, but it's the story of one company and one machine that's mostly used for performing prostatec- tomies. The market is set to expand significantly based on the broad concept of placing advanced robotics and cutting-edge imaging between surgeon and patient. Numerous companies are investing in the development of smaller, more affordable plat- forms for abdominal surgery, spine and orthopedics. That increased competition in the marketplace will drive down the cost of robotics, making it more affordable for surgery centers and health systems with smaller capital equipment budgets. But I think the future of robotics will be even more disruptive and offer the same game-changing potential as the da Vinci did before it entered the mainstream. For instance, I believe microrobots and 1 4 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 8 On Point Mark A. Talamini, MD, MBA

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