Robotic Procedures Continue To Soar Despite Data, Financial Concerns

GSN0816_008a_10783_425The number of robotic general surgery procedures performed in the United States reached 140,000 in 2015—more than triple the number done in 2012, surgeons reported at the 2016 Annual Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium (MISS). But it’s a boom going on amid a rigorous debate over the robot’s clinical and financial value.

Representatives of Intuitive Surgical said hernia repair and colorectal procedures are driving the uptake, particularly after results from a rectal surgery study were published this spring.

By Christina Frangou | General Surgery News

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