The approval of robotics in surgical treatment of pelvic and abdominal surgeries by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has renewed the hopes in the treatment of cancer. Today, as many as 4 out of every 5 prostatectomy in America is carried out using the Da Vinci Surgical System. Robotics has also been on the rise for treating every other kind of cancer in gynecological, neck, head, kidney, bladder and even heart conditions. Seeing the success rate with robotics, more than 1,000 specialty hospitals in the United States are offering Da Vinci procedures.
As complicated as cancer can be, it was a huge reason for the success of robotics in surgeries providing new knowledge in the understanding genetics. Scientists have now a better grip over how prostate cancer develops and thus have been able to come up with designs that target the roots. These tests also go on to identifying and segregating patients who would do better with chemoprevention, screening and intrusive surgeries. As we understand today, the main causes for the development of prostate cancer emanate from chromosomes inherited from parents. While this does make the treatment more complicated, a high volume of success has been attained through robotics.
Based on feedback form the scientific faculty, there’s reason to believe that modern robotic surgeries for conditions like prostrate and kidney cancer is similar to the traditional laparoscopy but superior when it comes to damage (blood loss) and the length of treatment and the patient’s stay in the hospital. The recovery period with robotic treatment is also shorted than compared to open surgical procedures of the past. Between 2005 and 2008, here was a huge spike in the use of prostatectomy and robotics in surgery. It is also being called as the “first true years of the robotics era” for this reason. Numbers show that more than 58,000 robotics procedures were done in 2008 while it was merely a 9,000 in 2004. Today, the numbers are even bigger and the common mass has also come to understand and demand for the treatment.
However, it is necessary to understand that robotics is not the answer for every kind of cancer patient. Depending upon the severity (PSA level mostly) of the spread and the feasibility of the procedures, doctors still advise traditional prescriptions. Also, along with new age technology, patients are expected to make drastic lifestyle and nutritional changes.
It feels good to conclude that cancer is no more among the most feared conditions today and there are new lines of hopes. People have recovered and so can you, your family and friends.