August 1, 2010

Robotics: Little data, much debate

By: Cynthia Saver, RN, MS

Robotic surgical procedures *Includes cardiothoracic, general, and other urologic and gynecologic procedures. Source: ECRI Institute, 2008. Mention robotics in OR circles, and you're likely to spark a debate. Is robotic surgery an innovative technique with wide application or mainly a marketing ploy to attract patients? Or does the truth lie somewhere between these views? These questions are far from academic. According to Intuitive Surgical, manufacturer of the da Vinci system,…

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