Robotics in plastic surgery, a review

Ibrahim, Amir; Sarhane, Karim; Baroud, Joe; Atiyeh, Bishara
November 2012
European Journal of Plastic Surgery;Nov2012, Vol. 35 Issue 8, p571
Academic Journal
Robotic surgery is an emerging technology that is conquering the surgery field by storm. It has found solid applications in general surgery, gynecological surgery, vascular surgery, and especially in urology and cardiothoracic surgery. Its application is however restricted in the various fields of plastic surgery. There is no doubt that robots have a potential to become an important toll in reconstructive plastic surgery, but the extent of their use in aesthetic surgery is constrained. A review of the literature showed that several centers are currently using surgical robots for reconstructive and microsurgery. Robotic surgery is feasible and technically advantageous, though very costly. There is a paucity of data however concerning the long-term benefits of robotics versus conventional techniques, and none regarding aesthetic surgery applications. We strongly believe that, without ignoring the tremendous potential benefits of robotic technology in many fields of plastic surgery, no machine, no matter how sophisticated it is, will ever succeed at replacing the artistic sense, feeling, and touch necessary to achieve beauty with harmonious proportions.


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