Embracing robotic surgery in low- and middle-income countries: Potential benefits, challenges, and scope in the future

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Embracing robotic surgery in low- and middle-income countries: Potential benefits, challenges, and scope in the future


JournalAnnals of Medicine and Surgery
Article typeJournal research article – Clinical research
Publication date – Nov – 2022
Authors – Aashna Mehta, Jyi Cheng Ng, Wireko Andrew Awuah, Helen Huang, Jacob Kalmanovich, Aniket Agrawal, Toufik Abdul-Rahman, Mohammad Mehedi Hasan, Vladyslav Sikora, Arda Isik
KeywordsHospital, Low-and middle-income countries, robotic surgery, surgical site infections
Open access – Yes
SpecialityDigital health, General surgery, Health policy, Surgical oncology, Urology surgery
World region Global

Language – English
Submitted to the One Surgery Index on November 20, 2022 at 10:58 pm
Abstract:

Robotic surgery has applications in many medical specialties, including urology, general surgery, and surgical oncology. In the context of a widespread resource and personnel shortage in Low- and Middle-Income Countries(LMICs), the use of robotics in surgery may help to reduce physician burnout, surgical site infections, and hospital stays. However, a lack of haptic feedback and potential socioeconomic factors such as high implementation costs and a lack of trained personnel may limit its accessibility and application. Specific improvements focused on improved financial and technical support to LMICs can help improve access and have the potential to transform the surgical experience for both surgeons and patients in LMICs. This review focuses on the evolution of robotic surgery, with an emphasis on challenges and recommendations to facilitate wider implementation and improved patient outcomes.

OSI Number – 21815

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