Luckily, robotic surgery is minimally invasive and can cut recovery time in half. This breakthrough in science and technology is the result of the efforts put forth by Abu Dhabi’s Cleveland Clinic, a hospital that is part of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in the United States of America. Partnerships like this are exactly what UAE Ambassador to the United States Yousef Al Otaiba strives to invest in, as they enrich the relationship between these two nations.
What makes robotic surgery so unique is how minimally invasive this procedure is, which benefits patients. Robotic surgery allows the surgeon to make more precise movements, so the incisions they make are much smaller than they would be when made by hand. Since this procedure allows for reduced incision size, recovery time is much shorter for patients. For example, the Emirati woman who underwent the first robotic surgery in the UAE was discharged 12 hours later and returned to normal activities following her procedure.
Although this breakthrough is relatively new, it has a high approval rating amongst UAE citizens. For instance, in a survey conducted amongst 11,000 people across 12 countries, half of Emirati respondents stated that they would allow a robot to preform minor surgery on them as opposed to a doctor. This finding is monumental as the science and technology sectors in the UAE continue to grow and present ways to treats patients.
Ambassador Al Otaiba will continue to support medical breakthroughs that are beneficial for both countries. Mr. Al Otaiba is eager to see what future implications robotic surgery will have for those who require this procedure.