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Robots Give Surgeons a Helping Hand


A Da Vinci surgical robot works with a human surgeon.

The benefits of surgical robots are not clear-cut. An analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine last year found that the results from 50 studies looking at a combined total of nearly 5,000 robotic surgery patients showed “no difference&#

Credit: Financial Times

About 6,700 Da Vinci robots from Intuitive Surgical are in place at hospitals across the globe and have performed more than 10 million surgical procedures.

The $6-billion surgical robotics market is expected to see new players as Intuitive's core patents on the technology expire.

Hackensack University Medical Center's Michael Stifelman said robotic-assisted surgeries reduce discharge wait times and post-surgical complications, improve recovery times, and extend surgeons' careers by allowing them to perform surgery while seated.

The U.S. accounts for about half the global market for surgical robots.

Christopher Peters at the U.K.'s Imperial College Healthcare Trust said robotic-assisted surgery will "become the default" in Europe over the next decade, as "robots become so ubiquitous and such good value for money that the bar you have to cross to justify using it will be much lower."

From Financial Times
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