The Future of Surgery, Today
The act of surgery has seen new techniques, knowledge, equipment, and technology be researched and introduced at a near constant rate. All of this results in a surgical sector that is capable of meeting the needs of the most unique and complex patient cases, delivering consistently perfect procedures in the process.
It can be difficult to pinpoint the most important or groundbreaking advancement, given how different the current surgical industry looks when compared to 30 years ago. This can be said for all medical industries, but as the 21st century progresses, an unprecedented rollout of contemporary robotic technology is being seen across the medical industry, with surgery seeing a huge influx.
The global surgical robotics market is growing strongly, and research from Allied Market Research suggests that it is expected to top $98billion by 2024. This incredible growth in such a short time shows just how integral robotics will become in the very near future of the medical industry. The benefits are clear as well, as this technology has been able to perform super-microsurgical procedures using robots that are capable of suturing 0.3 to 0.8mm blood vessels in a patient’s arm. A procedure that required this level precision was a world first when performed, and given the intense rate of progression, it would be fair to expect that even more precise and complex procedures will become possible very soon.
This is made all the more incredible by taking a brief glimpse into the very recent past. In 2015, the patient of the UK’s first robot assisted surgery was killed due to complications according to the coroner. Moving on in just 4 years has resulted in robotics being integral in the certain procedures, proving that this technology will soon become a recognised and essential part of the industry.
Microsurgeries like those performed at such precise and exact measurements will be one of many focuses of the Surgery Convention, alongside the other focus areas of Open Surgery, Laparoscopic Surgery, and Keyhole Surgery. With an industry experiencing such fierce and incredible advancements, combined with the increasing demand for surgery by the public, (27% increase from 2003/04 to 2013/14) having an event, like the Surgery Convention, that brings together all of these advancements into one place will be invaluable to the industry.
The positive momentum currently carrying the surgical industry isn’t without its shortfalls though. As the Royal College of Surgeons states, the wide disparity in the provision of surgical services especially between high- and low-income countries is a problem that cannot be ignored. Being able to supply contemporary surgical technology to surgeons and their teams is a major step that must be taken in the future given the current rate of post-surgery mortality in low-income countries.
The surgical industry is a fantastic ambassador for the capabilities of modern technology. With so much developing, the Surgery Convention will be a hub of innovation for surgeons, hospital directors, and surgical teams of all specialisms to come and find the cutting edge in