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Innovation in Robotic Surgery
through the concepts of joint therapy and engineered T-cells. With the near-daily discovery of new immunotherapeutic targets and biomarkers, hopefully effective therapies will soon exist for all tumor profiles.
Most surgeries performed today are the shortest and least invasive that science will allow. This adaptation in surgical methodology is brought about in part by the integration of robotics. Robots in the operating room provide surgeons with guidance for extreme precision in surgery. Today, surgical platforms are highly advanced and are used in many procedures from spine to endovascular. Shortened recovery time and limited pain after surgery are just a few of the patient benefits seen with minimally invasive robotized surgery. Continued advancement in the field has led to more precise and effective surgeries with improved surgical outcomes. Akin to DNA-based gene therapies, RNA-based therapies are the newest innovation in labs nationwide and have shown immense potential. Interfering with genetic data at the ribonucleic acid (RNA) level gives scientists the ability to intercept a patient’s genetic abnormality before it is translated into functioning — or nonfunctioning — proteins. Today, the most popular and successful mechanisms of RNA therapy include antisense nucleotides and RNA interference. These new therapies are being explored in a variety of rare genetic diseases such as Huntington’s disease — as well as in cancer and neurologic diseases — with the hope of treatment by way of alternate genetic data. These new mechanisms of action are opening more windows for innovation in therapeutics. RNA-Based Therapies
Patient-Specific Products Achieved With 3D Printing
Utilizing 3D printing technology, medical devices can now be matched to the exact specifications of a patient. Designed to be more compatible with an individual’s natural anatomy, devices modeled from patient-specific dimensions have shown greater acceptance by the body, increased comfort, and improved performance outcomes. The versatility provided by 3D printing gives medical practitioners the ability to provide patients with the most advanced care while simultaneously minimizing the risk of complication in patients that meet specific medical requirements. Currently, the most significant work includes external prosthetics, cranial and orthopedic implants, and customized airway stents for diseases narrowing the airway. Work in prosthetics and other bodily implants is also gaining speed with some cleared for the commercial market. The technology has also been found helpful in surgical planning. To date, the technology has been used for many complicated heart surgeries, as well as the Cleveland Clinic’s most recent total face transplant. With its widening healthcare applications, 3D printing is increasing the attention to detail in patient care.
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