When it comes to
sports injury is a big issue. After all players get all kinds of injuries, and
one of the most injury prone sport is hockey. Safety gear does take down some
of the pain, but treatments still have to happen.
That is, believe it
or not, where robots come into the mix. No, they are not replacing the players.
They are helping to heal them. One pro-sports figure is crediting the robots
that were used to treat him with his speedy recovery.
The figure in
question is Darryl Sutter, the coach of the L.A. Kings, and the bots that
helped him get better are a part of the da Vinci robotic surgical system. The
system was part of a treatment plan for the coach’s double hernia. The system
has some advantages over the old way of doing things. The most notable
improvement is the fact that the system is minimally invasive. The smaller
incisions mean less trauma to the body and a shorter recovery time.
These types of
surgeries are on the rise, though the FDA has not formally given word on the
enhanced safety of these procedures.
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