From minimally invasive to non-invasive?
Shorter procedures, faster recovery, less readmission – the advantages of minimally invasive surgery are beyond doubt. That also means that the quest does not stop here. Can we take a next step, for example towards non-invasive procedures?
Research into nanorobots is already advancing: tiny, biocompatible technology that can enter the body via, for example, the bloodstream or ingestion. They find their way to the issue, fix it and then leave the body or self-degrade. This kind of technology could have an immense impact for organs that still prove difficult to reach, even with surgical robots. Think of deep brain surgery, for example.