Advances in medical robotics manufacturing highlighted in Society of Robotic Surgery event

Medtronic robot operating on a synthetic torso. Image credit: Society of Robotic Surgery

Over 1000 participants from 32 countries have packed Melbourne’s Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) to hear from hundreds of the world’s best surgeons and medical specialists about the newest breakthroughs in robotic surgery technology, manufacturing, and education.

The Society of Robotic Surgery (SRS) conference, taking place from 24 July to 26 July 2023, allows participants to see first-hand the advances in the manufacture and development of synthetic organs, the organisation said in a news release. 

Dr Vipul Patel, executive director of SRS, emphasised that through the conference, attendees will learn how to replace the use of live animals and cadavers in surgical training and hear from global health leaders on a variety of topics.

These topics include the role of artificial intelligence in surgery and the difficulties presented by cyber security.

According to Patel, more than 60 presentations including innovative research will be presented, clinical experiences will be shared, and collaborative panel discussions and workshops will take place to help define the future of healthcare.

“At a time when the world is facing the most challenging health circumstances in decades, this event will help guide the conversation around the transformative health outcomes associated with robotic surgical interventions,” Dr Patel noted.

One of the first surgeons in the world to undertake robotic surgery, Professor Tony Costello, founder of the International Medical Robotics Academy (IMRA), spoke at the conference about the significant patient benefits of robotic-aided surgery.

“Robotic surgery devices are minimally invasive and increase a surgeon’s movement, precision and accuracy,” Professor Costello said.

He added, “As more surgical robots are introduced to the market, it will become more competitive and affordable, ideally this will allow increased adoption of robotic technology in Australia and the further rollout of surgical robots in public hospitals.”

The three-day conference was officially launched on Monday by Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Jobs Bronwyn Halfpenny, and today Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care and nurse Ged Kearney will address 50 nurses at the Nursing and Allied Health session.

“It’s very exciting for Melbourne to be hosting this global robotics conference, in what is the first time it’s being held in the Southern Hemisphere,” said Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ged Kearney.

For more information about the conference, including a full list of speakers and agenda, you may visit this link.