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Specialist: using robot for sleep apnea surgery like using rifle to kill an ant

Ear, nose and throat specialist Christopher Chang, MD, blogged about a Newark Star-Ledger story he saw about “surgeons on the cutting edge in fight against sleep apnea” using robotic surgery.

Chang wrote:

“My feeling is that using a robot to perform sleep apnea surgery is way overkill akin to using a $50,000 sniper rifle to kill an ant on the wall.

Everything the daVinci robot can do can also be done without the robot with equivalent patient outcomes. In fact, without the robot, the surgery can be performed more quickly, efficiently, and with less anesthesia than with the robot.

There are occasions where the robot may be helpful with ENT (ear, nose, throat) surgical procedures, but this is not one of them.”

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Comments (4)

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Pdm68

January 6, 2012 at 2:57 pm

So,tell us how ? All he says is it’s using a high power rifle to kill an ant but never told us anything scientific to back it up

    Gary Schwitzer

    January 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    I guess you missed what he wrote: “Everything the daVinci robot can do can also be done without the robot with equivalent patient outcomes. In fact, without the robot, the surgery can be performed more quickly, efficiently, and with less anesthesia than with the robot.”