The point is robotic surgery is no longer the big deal it was a few years ago. Intuitive Surgical of Sunnyvale, Calif. has proven the market. Competition for that market will now start to grow.
Innovation is going to be needed on three fronts:
- Creating protocols for more complex operations using robotic assistance, and for improving current procedures based on having robots in the operating theater.
- Dramatically improving the robots to maintain American leadership.
- Continuing education so patients understand doctors are not being replaced, just augmented.
Is America up to this challenge?