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A look inside the future of surgery

Technologies such as surgical robots, artificial intelligence, 3D printing and MRI scanning are already revolutionising the way surgical care is delivered.

Clinical Services Journal delves into the upcoming Future Surgery Show 2021, which will explore disruptive technologies shaping the future of surgical practice and, for the first time, host a dedicated pavilion showcasing Britain’s best surgeons in action. 

Surgery, as we know it today, did not truly begin until the late 1800s, but the reality was pretty grim – with infection common and outcomes generally poor. It was not until the 20th century that major advances made the practice safer and more effective. As early as 1906, doctors were performing fairly complex operations on patients, though with a poor understanding of anaesthesia and none of our modern-day tools. Before Novocain emerged in 1905, anaesthetics came in the form of chloroform and even cocaine. 

Fortunately, by the 1940s, blood transfusions, antibiotics and penicillin had all made surgery a lot safer, and the latter half of the century saw even more advances. In 1952, doctors performed the first successful heart surgery, forming the foundation for modern-day transplants. In 1975, the first organ surgery using minimally-invasive laparoscopic (‘keyhole’) surgery was performed and, only ten years later, the world saw its first documented robotic surgery. 

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Upcoming Events

Diversity, inclusion and equality in surgery conference

RCS England Headquarters, London, WC2A 3PE
30th September 2023

UK Respiratory Infections Seminar

Mary Ward House, London
4th October 2023

Ecolab's Public Health & Sustainability Day

Old Trafford, Manchester United
10th October 2023

CSC Autumn Study Day 2023

LMI conference centre, Liverpool
16th October 2023

Prevent, Protect, Provide: Minimising infections for patients and the NHS

The Clermont Hotel, London, WC2N 5HX
30th October 2023

Infection 360 Conference

Pendulum Hotel and Manchester Conference Centre
8th - 9th November 2023

Access the latest issue of Clinical Services Journal on your mobile device together with an archive of back issues.

Download the FREE Clinical Services Journal app from your device's App store

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