October 27, 2014

YOU ALREADY LOST:

I, Robot - you, an unsuspecting patient (Norman Swan, 10/27/14, Cosmos)

Take the surgical robots which, using minimally invasive techniques, remove prostates, fix damaged heart valves, operate on the brain and remove bowel cancers. This list grows by the week. The robot is manipulated by a surgeon who is not even scrubbed up and could be across the world from the operating theatre. 

It sounds great, and there's high demand from patients who believe robot surgery must be safer and more effective. True, there is evidence that these patients bleed less, have smaller incisions and go home sooner. But...

Posted by at October 27, 2014 6:34 PM
  

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