What are your views on surgical robotics?
“What strikes me about the development of surgical robotics is the sharp contrast between Europe and the US. In the US, it’s not uncommon for some surgeons to start charting up over 1,000 cases involving robotic systems. In the UK, we are still 5-10 years behind the US, although the area is expanding very rapidly. We need to maintain some vigilance around the technology, balancing enthusiasm with what it can achieve with the day to day needs of surgery.
That being said, I do think it offers a lot of benefits, a key one being improved ergonomics, something that can lead to significant injuries for surgeons using the traditional routes. Despite this, in my opinion there are still some potential ergonomic issues with the current robotic systems in use as well, with surgeons forced to hunch over a console. My hope for the future is that manufacturers continue to focus on improving the ergonomics of these robotic tools.”