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Surgery Performing Robots Could Help During Knee Surgeries

by Jared Staver in Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is unfortunately common especially during surgical procedures. With the recent development of surgery performing robots, surgical risks can be reduced and efficiency increased. The robots that have been developed so far focus primarily on performing knee surgeries.

If you or a loved one has suffered due to a surgeon’s medical malpractice, contact our medical malpractice attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C.. We can evaluate your case during our free initial consultation. Call us at (312) 236-2900 today.

Accidental Damage During Surgeries

Knee arthroscopy is one of the most common forms of minimally invasive surgery.
In a study published by the Journal of Orthopedic Surgery, 49.5 percent of surgeons stated that damage to the articular cartilage during knee arthroscopies occurs in one in 10 surgeries, and 7.5 percent of surgeons stated cartilage damage occurs in every surgery they perform. This accidental damage can cause osteoarthritis down the road since your body cannot repair cartilage.

Difficulty of Surgeries Makes Room for Error

Although knee arthroscopies are simple surgeries, they require skill and care. Approximately 59 percent of surgeons stated performing knee arthroscopies was difficult and physically painful. Surgeons have to hold the patient’s leg, camera, and surgical tools while performing surgery by looking at a screen. Even the most experienced surgeon can make mistakes during this procedure since it is so physically taxing.

Can Surgery Performing Robots Help?

Advancements have been made in semi-autonomous surgery performing robots. The robots are able to hold and move the knee while the surgeon performs the surgery. Surgery performing robots can reduce the risk of cartilage damage, reduce medical expenses, and improve surgical outcomes.

An incredible 86 percent of surgeons surveyed agreed they would use a surgery performing robot if it improved the outcome for their patient and reduced cartilage damage. In addition, 47.3 percent of surgeons stated they believe surgery performing robots should have an increased role in the operating room.

How Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. Can Help

If you have been injured due to the carelessness of your doctor, our medical malpractice attorneys at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can help. We can evaluate your case and help you pursue compensation for your injuries and losses.

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