Health News Review
  • May 30 2013

    To a man with a new hammer….marketing claims of robotic “firsts” piling up

    ents who have undergone the robotic single-site procedure are eager to share the experience with the media.” What does “among the first in the country” mean? A brief web search for “robotic single-site hysterectomy” turned up many results, including claims by: Decatur Memorial Hospital, Georgia Baptist Hospital, Pensacola, FL Saddleback MemorialMedicalCenter, Laguna Hills, CA Las Palmas Medical Center, El Paso, TX T…

  • Jul 22 2014

    Robotic roundup: Useful? Or little clinical value?…”robotic invasion”…outpaces evidence

    ible or appropriate for a particular patient, a surgeon may use the da Vinci Surgical System to offer that patient a minimally invasive option – and a chance at a faster return to their daily activities. An example of this is hysterectomy. The introduction of the da Vinci Surgical System into gynecologic surgery in the past 10 years has resulted in a significant decrease in the number of open incision hysterectomies performed in the United States…

  • Jul 18 2013

    Robotic Surgery Roundup: Take Me Out To The Ballgame and much more

    Robotic surgery systems are spreading so quickly across the US and across the globe that trying to keep up with the news could become a fulltime beat.  Here are just a few nuggets in an attempt to catch up on things you may have missed. The Reading (PA) Eagle reports, “Fans test surgical robot at baseball game.” Excerpts: “Fans at FirstEnergy Stadium got the chance to try Reading Hospital’s da Vinci surgical robot before …

  • Sep 10 2013

    Roundup of robotic surgery news – colorectal, endometrial, hysterectomy

    time, I post research results that catch my eye.  So here’s another periodic robotics roundup: Bloomberg News reports on a paper in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, “Comparison of Robotic and Laparoscopic Hysterectomy for Benign Gynecologic Disease.”  The story begins: “Surgery to remove the uterus using a $1.5 million robot from Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG) doesn’t reduce complications and may raise pneumonia r…

  • Aug 22 2013

    Medscape asks: “Robotic Surgery: Too Much, Too Soon?”

    btaining hospital privileges for robotic-assisted surgery.” Both the Institute of Medicine and the FDA have recognized that the process by which new devices enter into practice needs to be revised. Robotic Surgery for Hysterectomy In March 2013, James T. Breeden, MD, President of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), issued a statement that recommended against using robotic devices in routine gynecologic procedures…

  • Mar 16 2013

    Ob-Gyns’ statement on robotic hysterectomy

    are the best choice. Our patients deserve and need factual information about all of their treatment options, including costs, so that they can make truly informed health care decisions. Patients should be advised that robotic hysterectomy is best used for unusual and complex clinical conditions in which improved outcomes over standard minimally invasive approaches have been demonstrated. You can read the full statement here. You can also read pas…

  • Mar 7 2014

    Robotic surgery roundup: great small paper journalism, new marketing/ad campaigns

    …lth care. When you visit the CarePoint website, you find promotion of “Groundbreaking Robotic Surgery Performed for the First Time in Hudson County.” One of the two “pioneering” surgeries was a robotic hysterectomy. Last year, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists warned: “Robotic surgery is not the only or the best minimally invasive approach for hysterectomy. Nor is it the most cost-efficient. It …

  • Jul 30 2011

    Surgeon blogs that robotic surgery is all hype and no substance

    The surgeon who blogs as Skeptical Scalpel writes that he (she?) is unable to contain him(her)self any longer and then lunges into a review of evidence (or lack thereof) for robotic surgery. You may disagree with Skeptical Scalpel’s decision to be anonymous, but he/she explains: “I’ve been a surgeon for almost 40 years and a surgical department chairman for over 23 of those years. During much of that time, conforming to the n…

  • Feb 6 2012

    How hospitals recoup the cost of buying robotic surgery systems

    s entitled “Study: Robotic surgery financials explained.” It’s his take on a paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.  Excerpts: The headline, “Robotic Hysterectomy Cuts Blood Loss in Obese,” is certainly catchy. Let’s look deeper.  … The lead author said, “The robotic hysterectomy does … offer lower rates of conversion to laparotomy but does cause higher facility and…

  • Jun 8 2012

    Examples of medical marketing for the week: full body skin cancer scans, robotic hysterectomy

    …l cell cancer, or squamous cell skin cancer in the adult general population.” The other example came from a journalist who wrote, “Doesn’t it seem particularly exploitative to use a 26-year-old woman’s hysterectomy for this?” The news release/pitch: Surgeons at xxx Health Center have completed the first robot-assisted surgery in xxxx County. The first patient was 26-year-old xxx, who underwent a robot-assisted hyster…

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