- Dr. Joal Beane
- Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and James Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus, OH, USA.
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Special Issue Introduction
The future challenges telesurgery causes to surgery will bring about tremendous changes to the future developments of the world. More and more engineering-surgery teams are working to extend the reach of surgeons by allowing them to operate remotely on patients located across a city, a country, or even the globe. This feat can be made possible with a technology called telesurgery which makes possible collaborative telesurgery, one of the most positive concrete applications of "globalization".
Telesurgery is rarely performed today, but it is a promising goal for the future. Researchers are working to ensure that telesurgery can be done safely and efficiently. Having the capability to perform remote telesurgery would open up several new realms of patient care. For example, it would allow patients in remote locations to gain greater access to specialized surgeons, creating the possibility of collaborative multi-surgeon and multi-institutional operations, and even bringing surgical care to the front lines of acute trauma situations. It also revolutionizes the concept of surgical training, since a sort of "umbilical cord" could be created between a young surgeon and more experienced teacher-surgeons. It would also make it possible for developing nations to benefit from the expertise of world-renowned surgeons to enhance care in their country. This breakthrough also makes it possible to imagine future surgical procedures’ being implemented in space. By combining virtual reality techniques with pre-operatory simulations, this could lead to an entirely new era of semi-automated or even automated telesurgery.
The search for science never stops, even against any odds. The COVID-19 has greatly affected the normal life and work of human beings, including surgical patients waiting to be rescued. Telesurgery is a good alternative, making it possible to perform surgery across space during an epidemic. This special issue aims to discuss and share tips and cases of telesurgery by surgeons from different minimally invasive fields, promoting the development of telesurgery and minimally invasive surgery.
Submission Deadline25 Sep 2021