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Manufacturer faces lawsuits after surgery robot arm breaks off in patient’s butt

Surgeons in Aalst, Belgium were startled when part of the robot arm of a da Vinci surgery robot broke off inside a patient who was undergoing prostate surgery in 2007. According to New Scientist magazine, that incident and others have sparked a rash of lawsuits against Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the…

Study casts doubts on benefits of robotic surgery

A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association raises doubts as to whether robotic surgery provides any greater benefits to patients than conventional laparoscopic surgery. According to the Wall Street Journal, use of robotic surgery for hysterectomies has skyrocketed in recent years, and while the procedures cost…

Robotic surgeries costlier but safer: study

(Reuters) – Patients who have robot-assisted surgeries on their kidneys or prostate have shorter hospital stays and a lower risk of having a blood transfusion or dying — but the bill is significantly higher, a study found. The analysis, which appeared in the Journal of Urology, compared increasingly common robotic…

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