To a man with a new hammer, everything looks like a nail.
To a hospital and/or surgical team with a new robotic surgery system, everything looks like a prime candidate for the robot.
And then there’s this about “off-label” use of the robot for thyroid surgery:
“Surgery to remove part of the thyroid gland is twice as expensive when it’s done with the help of a robot rather than by a surgeon alone, according to a new study. …
(Dr. James Broome) told Reuters Health that the findings are in line with data on a range of robotic surgery uses.
“None of those procedures have shown any improved outcomes for the patient,” he said. Patients “should be very cautious about whether it actually does anything better for them.”