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Increase in robotic surgery incidents bring calls for more training

Robotic surgeries are on the rise, fueled by aggressive marketing that has hyped the procedure, often claimed fewer complications without proof, and sometimes ignored contradictory studies finding no advantage. Surgeons practice using a robotic surgical system in this handout photo from its maker, Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Illustrates ROBOTIC-SURGERY (category a) by Robert Langreth © 2013, Bloomberg News. Moved Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. (MUST CREDIT: Intuitive Surgical, Inc.).

Bloomberg News, Robert Langreth
Nov 11 2013 - 4:44pm

NEW YORK -- A rising number of reports about deaths, injuries and malfunctions linked to the robotic surgery system made by Intuitive Surgical may pressure hospitals to bolster training for doctors using the $1.5 million device.

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Misleading marketing helps rise of robotic surgery

A robotically assisted surgical system used for prostatectomies, cardiac valve repair and gynecologic surgical procedures

Bloomberg News, Robert Langreth
Oct 21 2013 - 9:12am

Last year, Denver's Porter Adventist Hospital announced that Warren Kortz, a general surgeon on staff, was the first in the Rocky Mountain region to use a technique known as robotic surgery to remove gall bladders through one incision in the belly button.The operation, performed while the doctor sits at a videogame-like console, was "taking...

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