October 07, 2012
Robotic Surgery Faster And Better For Neck Tumors

Better living thru robotics.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Robotic surgery though the mouth is a safe and effective way to remove tumors of the throat and voice box, according to a study by head and neck cancer surgeons at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).

This is the first report in the world literature illustrating the safety and efficacy of transoral robotic surgery for supraglottic laryngectomy, the researchers say.

We need robotic surgery to cut costs and reduce accidents. We especially need robotic surgery to swap out old organs for new organs once organ growth in vats becomes practical. Replacement organs created by tissue engineering are going to be a key rejuvenation therapy. Only robots will be fast enough and safe enough to do organ swapping on the scale that will be required for full body rejuvenation.

If you get cancer in your supraglottic region a robot can handle it better.

The preliminary study examined the outcomes of 13 head and neck cancer patients with tumors located in the region of the throat between the base of the tongue and just above the vocal cords, an area known as the supraglottic region.

Less blood loss, one eighth the amount of surgical time, and a far faster recovery.

The study found that the use of robot-assisted surgery to remove these tumors through the mouth took about 25 minutes on average, and that blood loss was minimal – a little more than three teaspoons, or 15.4 milliliters, on average, per patient. No surgical complications were encountered and 11 of the 13 patients could accept an oral diet within 24 hours.

If, on the other hand, these tumors are removed by performing open surgery on the neck, the operation can take around 4 hours to perform, require 7 to 10 days of hospitalization on average and require a tracheostomy tube and a stomach tube, the researchers say.

Since medical costs are now about 18% of the US economy (and growing) automation of medicine can go far to raise living standards. Plus, we need medical automation in order to deliver rejuvenation therapies on the scale required for full body rejuvenation. Robotics for a longer life in a more youthful body!

Share |      Randall Parker, 2012 October 07 04:18 PM  Robots Medicine

José said at October 7, 2012 8:52 PM:

The easiest way to grow whole, functional organs is in connection with other organs and through the natural process of development that has formed the organs we already possess. In a purely rational society we would be investigating ways to rear anencephalic (i.e. brainless) clonal bodies for organ harvesting. With further development of nerve regeneration and/or brain-machine interfaces this could lead eventually to the transplantation of heads and then brains. Those last two procedures would be very complicated, with transfer of the brain something that I suspect could only be done by a dedicated-purpose robotic surgeon that operates in a fluid medium connecting the source and destination craniums. If the patient were to be connected to a brain-machine interface allowing the bidirectional transfer of sensory and motor information through a digital medium, then the patient could even use and acquaint himself with the new body prior to transplantation and recovery would be instantaneous. Coupled with regenerative therapy for the brain, this approach would provide numerous benefits over whole-body rejuvenation, overcoming a myriad of problems (e.g. the large variety of accumulating waste products, nuclear mutations in dividing cell populations) and enabling people to design their own visible genetic pedigree and phenotypic traits to their own satisfaction. The lack of self-esteem and social opportunity felt by unattractive people as well as dividing lines of race and biological sex would be eliminated, leading to a happier and more just society than even what rejuvenation of the body could provide.

Mthson said at October 7, 2012 10:02 PM:

Jose: Good points.

1. Don't we already have the technology to successfully grow anencephalic clonal bodies?

2. If it's hard to find a nation willing to allow it, a startup could always do it on a ship laboratory, like BlueSeed (A project backed by Peter Thiel to station a ship in international waters off the coast of San Francisco for international entrepreneurs).

Also: use paragraphs. People are busy.

Brett Bellmore said at October 9, 2012 4:09 AM:

If this is anything like the "robotic surgery" I underwent a couple years back, "teleoperated" would be a much more accurate description than "robotic", in as much as the 'robot' makes no movements on it's own. It does provide the surgeon more "hands" in the operating field, and entry to it through small holes, which is useful.

I've still got the "I was fixed by a robot!" T shirt, which I consider rather ironic, given that it was prostate surgery.

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