Why robotic assisted surgery might have just reached a turning point

da-vinci-surgical-robot-with-nurse-compressorLast week saw the release of an interesting study on the effectiveness of robot surgeons – and an even more interesting take on it by the media. Most outlets focused on the positive – that the da Vinci surgical system is just as effective as its human counterparts, if not more so.

That’s according to a study published in medical journal The Lancet. Researchers polled more than 250 men who had received prostrate surgeries, both through robot-assisted means and via traditional methods.

Respondents who had robotic surgeries reported less pain after a day and a week, and there were no differences between the two types of patients after 12 weeks when it came to sexual function or urinary control. Both types of respondents returned to work equally as fast.

As ZDNet puts it, “after assessing the patients three months post-operation, the researchers concluded that robotic surgery was just as effective as the human version.”

By Peter Nowak | Canadian Business


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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