The Future of Laparoscopy: Single Incision, NOTES and Robots
This article was originally published in Start Up
The skill sets of laparoscopy, endoscopy, robotics and even interventional cardiology are all converging to create least invasive surgeries that take laparoscopy as a point of departure but change how surgeons access the abdominal cavity. Start-ups are innovating to supply the new surgical instruments.
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