Last 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.”