The Impact of Technology on Surgery: The Future Is Unwritten

Mario Morino, MD


Annals of Surgery. 2018;268(5):709-711. 

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It is difficult to foresee the impact of new technologies on future surgical practice considering that:

- Technology does not per se improve surgery

- We should carefully and ethically evaluate new technologies

- Greater scrutiny and transparency are necessary when dealing with medical industry

Nevertheless, if on one side "the future is unwritten" (Joe Strummer, The Clash), on the other side it is our duty to push the boundaries of surgery respecting quality, cost effectiveness, excellence of results and avoiding to delegate to the industry the future of surgery, our future and the future of our patients.