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Drone surgery: Lung transplants and the future of healthcare

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Drone surgery: Lung transplants and the future of healthcare

Introduction

I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of a world without doctors. A world in which robots and technology take care of all our needs, from diagnosis to treatment. I remember reading about how we might one day have drones delivering organs for transplantation and imagined that it would be so much safer than having surgeons driving their way through traffic to get to an emergency room. But even though this new method has greatly reduced mortality rates among lung transplants, there are still many who worry that these advancements will put us at risk for something worse: The dehumanizing effect on society when medical procedures become commonplace and routine.

The question is: How much medical intervention is too much? When does life-saving tech stop being helpful and start becoming harmful?

Robots and technology

Robots are now being used in the process of surgery. The robots are able to do things for surgeons that they can’t, such as move a probe or a scalpel more precisely. This enables the surgeon to perform simpler operations with higher accuracy and less fatigue on their part. With respect to more complex operations, some people say that robots make no difference whatsoever while others say it is worth the investment for tasks too dangerous for human beings.

One form of surgery that has been improved by the introduction of robot technology is lung transplants. Lung transplantation involves removing a patient’s damaged lungs and replacing them with healthy ones taken from another person. This procedure carries significant risk because the donor lung must be attached to blood vessels within hours after harvesting, otherwise it will die. It also requires a team of highly skilled surgeons and medical staff.

Dehumanizing effect on society

This is an example of how people can dehumanize each other. Even though this is an example of how it’s done, the beliefs behind it may vary among different people. There are many types of thinking errors that cause people to feel like they don’t deserve to be treated with respect, including the arbitrary inference error. This is where someone concludes that they must have made an error because they can’t come up with another explanation for what happened.

When does life-saving tech stop being helpful and start becoming harmful?

There are times when life-saving technology has been deemed to have had a negative impact on people’s lives. With the increasing awareness of the alternatives to surgery for many common surgical procedures, there is the chance that surgery may not be necessary. There are many people who do not want surgery or they think that it will be too painful for them to go through with the surgery.

The general public is usually fairly reluctant to use alternative options as they feel that surgery is the only option. In many cases, people are not even often told about these other options prior to their surgery. This can make it hard for those considering alternatives because they may be worried about trying something new and feeling like a failure if things do not turn out well.

However, more and more people are starting to look into alternative options that they can use to get their medical procedures done. The number of surgeries that are completed with the help of minimally invasive procedures has increased dramatically over the course of four years. It is predicted that in 2020, most surgery will be done using some form of minimally.

Conclusion

In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in medical technology that can save lives and improve the quality of life for patients. This includes robotic surgery systems, bionic prosthetic limbs and technologies to help people with memory loss or coma regain their memories and cognitive abilities. But there is a line between when these advances become helpful vs harmful- what defines this? Is it when they replace human interaction? When they’re used as a replacement for therapy? Or do you think it’s something else altogether…? Let us know! We welcome your thoughts on how science fiction should be warning society about its own inventions before things get too far out of hand. In any case, let’s hope our future doesn’t come from Hollywood but rather from innovations like drone lung transplants. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go build a time machine so I can go back and prevent the Hindenburg from ever crashing…

 

 

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