From Robotics to Recovery: Upper School Students Demo Surgery Robot
Thanks to surgeon Dr. David Schreier – dad of Ethan ’21 – 10 Upper School students on Viewpoint’s robotics team enjoyed a field trip to West Hills Hospital for a Health Care Technology Expo. The highlight was the opportunity to take the hand controls of the DaVinci robot to simulate robotic surgery.
Viewpoint students asked questions of Dr. Schreier and the Intuitive team, as they shared a video demonstrating how the DaVinci robot operates in real-time surgery. The surgeon’s hands move controllers, which manipulate four probe arms inside the patient’s body as if they are a four-armed person. This minimally invasive surgical procedure uses high definition 3D vision in a magnified view to assist the surgeon. Originally developed at Stanford at the request of the U.S. Military to support battlefield surgery, the DaVinci robot costs $2.5 million to build and is used in six million surgeries annually around the globe.
Lily D. ’21 shared that “The best part of the trip was being able to try out the machine’s simulations that are used by medical students and doctors. It was a once in a lifetime chance to use top-of-the-line surgical equipment.”