Robotassisted Remote Telepresence Surgery

Robot-assisted remote telepresence surgery has the potential to address the deficiencies inherent in telementoring by offering true telepresence for the expert surgeon in the operating room of the learner, thus allowing the expert to assist or perform a part or all of the surgery as necessary and to slowly train the local surgeon in performing the advanced laparoscopic procedures safely. Robot-assited remote telepresence surgery utilizes a multiple-arm robotic platform controlled by the surgical console located remotely hundreds or thousands of miles away and connected to each other via broad band telecommunication via either fiber-optic landlines or possibly satellite. Two-way audio and video connections facilitate communication between the remote surgeon and the local operative team, and views of the operating room in addition to those of the surgical field allow the remote surgeon to become immersed in the operative environment.

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