There have been some spectacular advances in surgery in recent years.

There have been some spectacular advances in surgery in recent years.

Two of the big ones are robotic surgery and wireless connectivity.

Telesurgery involves both technologies.

Using telesurgery, surgeons can operate surgical robotic instruments from anywhere in the world with wireless networks.

With surgery, there is no room for error, yet doctors are human and mistakes can happen.

Robotic surgery helps doctors to improve precision, control and flexibility.

Surgical robots have several arms and a camera allows the surgeon to see precisely what is happening.

The robots do not perform the surgery themselves but they assist doctors.

The surgeon controls the robot using a computer.

Robotic surgery means minimally invasive procedures and so that leads to shorter hospital stays and faster recovery time.

There are fewer complications, reduced chances of infection and smaller scars.

For patients there is less pain and less blood loss.

Patients can expect to see wider use of these technologies in hospitals in the years ahead.

This is all good news for people undergoing surgery every day of the week.