Granted the thing is very cool and I do enjoy toys, but I don't like competing with the machine.The machine isn't doing the surgery. YOU are doing the operation. It just gives you teensy tiny hands that are smaller than those of an asian female, and they don't tremble.
Well I don't know any surgeon that ONLY operates w/ the robot. It's only for certain things. Also, I highly recommend that you ask to look into the machine/sit down at it sometime during a robotic case. It's a 3D high-def view as if you're inside the abdomen/pelvis...it's honestly the coolest thing I've ever seen, it's amazing. Training under the robot seems like it sucks (so many hours spent ducking the robot's arms and switching out instruments) but operating the robot itself seems awesome. And you're not scrubbed, can sit the whole case, etc.
Lots of student interest on this one. The robot is used for certain things, and like many things in medicine once more ppl are comfortable with it the use will expand.
At my institution it is mainly used by urologists for robotic prostatectomies. There are robotic fellowships and there are ppl that focus their practice on robot cases.
i can probably do a lap chole skin to skin by the time it takes someone to position the robot and get the ports in.
like a wise show said:
"The wars of the future will not be fought on the battlefield or at sea. They will be fought in space, or possibly on top of a very tall mountain. In either case, most of the actual fighting will be done by small robots. And as you go forth today remember always your duty is clear: To build and maintain those robots."