robot was first used medically in 1985 to assist in performing a brain biopsy.
Since then, it is heralded as an emerging field that could bring a paradigm
shift in healthcare.
Medical robotics includes:
· Surgical robots
· Rehabilitation robots
· Non-invasive radio surgery robots
· Robotic catheters
· Telemedicine robots
· Hospital robots.
need for minimally invasive surgeries is actuating the market of surgical
robots and there is no exaggeration in saying that in future a surgeon will be
solely supervising while a robot performing the surgery. Several robotic systems have been approved by FDA for performing
various kinds of surgeries such as general surgery, laparoscopic and spinal
surgeries. Robot assisted surgery has already proven to be of immense value
particularly in comparison to conventional procedures and it will remain vital
in future as these therapeutic devices maximizes the clinical effectiveness of
The top players in this market are:
· Intuitive Surgical Inc.,
· Accuracy Incorporated
· Stryker Corporation.
Rehabilitation market is headed by:
· Hocoma AG
· Ekso bionics
· ReWalk robotics.
v Overcoming the limitations of
conventional surgeries and also improved clinical outcomes with rehabilitation
robots driving the market
The minimally invasive surgeries have
advantages such as improved surgical
results, minimal incisions and reduced hospital stay. When it is coupled
with robotic technology, adds further benefits such as improved accuracy and precision, cosmetically appealing incisions
and reduced surgeon’s tremors. Americas
are leading the market for medical robotics as more number of manufacturing
companies are concentrated in this region and also there is an improved
acceptance of robots in healthcare in this region. Europe is the emerging market
but Asia – Pacific is the region holding
significant promise for medical robotics market as many big players are
steering towards this region to distribute their products. Japan can be seen as
the country with wide market scope as it has already got significant number of
installations and it is also the region after Americas leading in robot
assisted radio therapy market.
with aid of robotics is new to the arena of rehabilitation therapy as only
occupational and physiotherapies are practiced till now which are very labor
intensive. There are about millions of people who get affected with stroke each
year. Exoskeleton and assistive robots
are bringing new life to the stroke affected and disabled people by aiding them
in living an independent life. Prosthetic
robots are assisting amputees and disabled persons in performing their
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).
v Cost affordability, low acceptance are
hindering the growth of medical robotics
robotics is quite an evolving field and its capabilities have already been
realized but the journey from the research to commercialization is not smooth
for this market as installations are extremely costly and only large hospitals
are able to afford them. Difficulties involved in getting regulatory approvals
and also imprecise reimbursement policies across various geographic regions is
another major constraining factor for the growth of the medical robotics
market. The medical robots have also not achieved significant acceptability
from both the surgeon and the patient. The number of rehabilitation centers
using rehabilitation is quite low but it can be estimated that the market is
going to flourish as clinical outcomes are more biased towards robotic
rehabilitation. The medical robotics is envisioned to transform the healthcare
industry and its potential should be extended to unexplored areas to completely
extract their benefits in all the medical disciplines.