Is There a Robot in Robotic Surgery?

Is there a robot in surgery when robotic surgery is performed? We asked ChatGPT4 AI to discuss whether robotic surgery is truly robotic surgery.

The future will likely see AI as a part of medial diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.  Perhaps even and AI physician will be the initial interaction patients have with their health care system.  A very different kind of “provider”.  That’s probably a ways off in the future.

The following in CHAT GPT4’s take on robotic surgery:


Robotic surgery has emerged as a new and rapidly advancing field in medicine. With the advent of modern technology, surgical procedures have seen a significant transformation.   Robotic surgery has become one of the most significant breakthroughs in the field. However, the term “robotic” in robotic surgery is a bit of a misnomer, as the robots used in these procedures are not autonomous.  These “robots” are controlled by skilled surgeons. In this essay, we will explore whether robotic surgery is truly robotic.

What is Robotic Surgery?

Robotic surgery refers to surgical procedures that are performed with the help of robotic technology. In robotic surgery, a robotic arm with surgical instruments is controlled by a surgeon who is sitting at a console a few feet away from the patient. The surgeon uses a 3D camera and a computer interface to control the robotic arms, which can be more precise and dexterous than human hands. This allows for minimally invasive procedures, which can lead to faster recovery times, less pain, and smaller scars.

So is it Truly Robotic?

While robotic surgery has undoubtedly advanced the field of surgery, the term “robotic” can be misleading.  Robotic surgery is not entirely automated or autonomous, and the surgeon still plays a critical role in the procedure. The robot is merely a tool that is controlled by the surgeon. The surgeon is responsible for deciding on the surgical approach, making incisions, and controlling the instruments. The robot cannot make decisions on its own, and the surgeon is always in control.

Why Call it Robotic Surgery Then?

Robotic surgery has some similarities with other robotic applications, such as manufacturing and assembly.  In these applications, robots are programmed to perform a specific set of tasks independently, without any human intervention. In contrast, in robotic surgery, the robot is not autonomous, and the surgeon is always in control.

Another factor to consider is the level of automation in robotic surgery. While the robot is not entirely
autonomous, it still provides a level of automation that is not available in traditional surgery. The robot can enhance the surgeon’s abilities, such as providing a 3D view of the surgical site and offering more precise and stable instrument control. This level of automation allows for minimally invasive procedures, reducing the risk of complications, and improving patient outcomes.


In conclusion, while robotic surgery has advanced the field of surgery, the term “robotic” can be misleading. Robotic surgery is not entirely autonomous, and the surgeon is always in control. However, the robot does provide a level of automation that is not available in traditional surgery, enhancing the surgeon’s abilities and improving patient outcomes.  While the term “robotic” may not be entirely accurate, robotic surgery is undoubtedly an essential and rapidly advancing field that is transforming the way we approach surgical procedures.

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