I have had the pleasure of doing an away rotation in general surgery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where the halls echo of Nobel laureates and medical innovation. Recently I was able to be a part of a remarkable new surgical technique that employs a robot to assist in surgery. I visited briefly with the representative of the company who peaked his head into the surgery to ensure that his device was working properly. A five-minute conversation quickly made me realize that I was witnessing a revolution in the world of surgery. We discussed how robotic surgery is currently being used in urology, colorectal surgery, gynecology, head and neck surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and general surgery to overcome the limitations of standard laparoscopic surgery. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. is the manufacturer of the device. Their advancement in the field of surgery is remarkable. I would venture to say that Da Vinci himself would be humbled to see the creation adorned with his name.
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