Tuesday, February 14, 2006

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In a study of performance of the robotic Da Vinci surgery system, Swiss doctors have found that using robots for surgery is beneficial in some cases but is more expensive. The results were published in Swiss Medical Weekly.

They looked at the results of 128 procedures on patients of all ages, of which 122 were successful.

They found that the robot assisted surgery was beneficial in tiny and hard to reach areas.
However, robot surgery took longer and had higher costs. Also, the surgery robot lacks some of the specialized tools that are available to manual surgeons.

Their conclusion is that robot surgery is not yet the best for everyone but can be an advantage for some procedures.

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