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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Robotic surgery, once considered experimental and exciting, is becoming commonplace at many local hospitals. The so-called robots assist surgeons in everything from gynecologic surgery to prostate surgery and procedures that involve the head and neck.
Originally, surgical robots were designed to assist in battlefield procedures.READ MORE: Sources: Authorities Investigating Whether 2 Police Officers Struck By Stray Bullets On Ben Franklin Parkway
Some of the advantages are that these procedures often involve several small cuts instead of one large incision. People can heal faster and have less pain and scarring.
During the procedure a surgeon usually sits at a console and controls robotic arms that hold surgical tools. The robotic systems are equipped with three-D cameras that allow for a great view.
There are downsides: surgeons need to learn the new systems and each procedure takes longer.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney Says He'll Be Happy When He's Not Mayor Following Fourth Of July Shooting
But, the biggest issue in a healthcare system strapped for dollars is the expense: the machines cost millions and this means bigger hospital bills for patients.