Krieger’s interest in developing a robotic system that could perform laparoscopic surgery originated in 2011, when he was working in Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. as a research professor. He initiated the idea with Dr. Michael Hsieh, a urologist at Children’s National Hospital, and then collaborated with Kang to make suitable imaging systems.
Robotic surgical systems first appeared around 50 years ago, but they were not applied in the medical field until the late 1980s when Robodoc, an image-guided system, was used for prosthetic hip replacement. Since then more technological advancements have been made so robotic surgical systems can perform neurosurgeries, gynecological surgeries and urological surgeries.
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