Robotic assisted minimally invasive surgical procedures have become increasingly common since FDA approval in 2000. First integrated into urologic care, robots now assist general, gynecologic, cardiothoracic, colorectal, and head and neck operations. Indications for and applications of robotic surgical technology continue to evolve, as do ethical questions generated by robotics about informed consent, surgical training and decision making, bias and risk management, and conflict of interest mitigation at the intersection of surgical technique selection and organizational investments. This theme issue looks to motivate conversations about clinical, ethical, and equity standards in a rapidly evolving robotic surgical frontier.
This multipaneled comic follows a woman robot preparing for a breast examination. Oil “leakage” recurs in the comic, suggesting its ethical importance in metaphorically representing a patient’s stress responses.
AMA J Ethics. 2023;25(8):E646-650. doi:
Dr Chad M. Teven joins Ethics Talk to unravel some current and a few hoped-for surgical applications of AI and to model for us how we should be critically engaging with AI surgical research and scholarship.