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Review: Robot assisted laparoscopic surgery in gynaecological oncology

RHM Verheijen


Robot technology feeds one's imagination. Called after the Czech play "robota", robot suggests "to be able to act without human interference and being able to constantly adapt to the situation and the task". As such, the term "robotic surgery" is incorrect. It would be better to refer to surgical robots as "master slave instruments" as robotic surgery is completely executed by the surgeon, be it by means of distant manipulation. Although the current surgical robots were initially developed to perform procedures at great distance (either in military dangerous areas or in space), its use as telesurgery is still very limited and practically not feasible.

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