While the technology was first introduced in the 1980s, robotic assisted surgery has recently gained popularity and now over 800 hospitals across the United States and Europe have adopted robotic surgical devices. These machines allow surgeons to manipulate robotic arms by a computer or a telemanipulator—a remote manipulator that allows a surgeon to move the instruments as if he/she was performing the surgery, while the robotic arms are actually carrying out the procedure on a patient. Many complex, delicate procedures can be performed that allow enhanced precision, flexibility and control. High definition 3D views of the surgical areas provide easier identification of anatomical details and significant safety advantages.
The main advantage of robotic assisted surgery is that it overcomes the limitations of conventional minimally invasive procedures allowing surgeons to perform advanced operations with smaller incisions and shorter recovery times for patients. Other special benefits include fewer site infections, less pain, reduced blood loss smaller, less noticeable scars.
Master Bond adhesives, sealants and coatings are widely used for cutting edge medical equipment for their biocompatibility, USP Class VI certification, and high performance properties, including:
- High bond strengths to a variety of specialty materials of different sizes, shapes
- Fast cure schedules
- Toughness and durability
Diverse Master Bond adhesive systems have been employed for custom device, component and packaging needs. Select grades have been most successful in adhering hard to join materials.
Current surgical robots have exhibited remarkable results treating multiple conditions for use in the following operations:
- colorectal surgery
- general surgery
- heart surgery
- urological surgery
- thoracic surgery
- spine surgery
- gynecologic surgery
They have been highly successful in:
- coronary artery bypass
- hip replacement
- gall bladder removal
- total or partial kidney removal
- tubal ligation
- removing cancer tissue from important body organs
Master Bond is working on developing compounds for next generation robotic surgical devices. As market penetration continues to progress, technological innovation will continue to grow. This will accelerate the utilization of advanced adhesive materials to meet more demanding requirements. Adding additional functionalities, modification of existing procedures, lowering acquisition/maintenance costs, higher efficiency, longer lifespan, lighter, more compact patient cart, optimization of portability, minimization of set up time, upgrade heptic feedback and a work station that provides with a more ergonomic handle design are just some areas where Master Bond adhesives can play a key role in this effort.