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2014 – 35% of patients suffer complications with robotic-assisted surgery

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In January 2014, the results of a study by D. Ramzy et al. titled “Three hundred robotic-assisted mitral valve repairs: the Cedars-Sinai experience.” in Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery that evaluated the relative safety and efficacy of robotic-assisted surgery for the repair of the heart’s mitral valve. The surgeries evaluated in this study were… Continue Reading

2014 – More complications, longer operating times with robotic-assisted surgery

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In 2014, a study was published in Annals of Surgical Oncology by BH Lang et al. titled “A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Comparing Surgically-Related Complications between Robotic-Assisted Thyroidectomy and Conventional Open Thyroidectomy.” that aimed to determine the relative safety of robotic-assisted by conventional thyroidectomy. For this study, researchers reviewed 11 previously-conducted studies and used statistics… Continue Reading

2014 – Serious ailment likely the result of surgical robots

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An article published in the January-February, 2014 edition of Female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery titled “Pneumomediastinum after robotic sacrocolpopexy.” reviews a case of pneumomediastinum in a woman who underwent robot-assisted surgery for the repair of posthysterectomy prolapse.  The team writes “Pneumomediastinum is a rare but potential complication of laparoscopy that is related to insufflation… Continue Reading

2012 – Actos raises risk for bladder cancer 15-40%

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In 2012, an article titled “Use of thiazolidinediones and the risk of bladder cancer among people with type 2 diabetes: a meta-analysis.” was published by IN Colmers et al. in Canadian Medical Association Journal investigating the relationship between Actos and bladder cancer.  Thiazolidinediones are a class of diabetes drugs including pioglitazone, the chemical name for… Continue Reading

2013 – 21% complication rate with robot-assisted surgery

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In the December, 2013 edition of European Urology, a team of researchers led by RK Kumar published the results of a study titled “Robot-assisted Partial Nephrectomy in Patients with Baseline Chronic Kidney Disease: A Multi-institutional Propensity Score-Matched Analysis.” that aimed to evaluate the relative safety of robot-assisted nephrectomy, as compared with a traditional approach that… Continue Reading

2014 – Longer operating time, more pain with surgical robots

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A recent article published in the January 2014 edition of Obstetrics and Gynecology titled “Robotic compared with laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy: a randomized controlled trial.” lives up to its title and compares the safety and efficacy of robot-assisted to traditional sacrocolpoplexy. The team, led by JT Anger, writes “Laparoscopic and robotic sacrocolpopexy are widely used for pelvic… Continue Reading

2014 – High rate of complications seen with robot-assisted surgery

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In 2014, an article by AM Coker et al. titled “Outcomes of robotic-assisted transhiatal esophagectomy for esophageal cancer after neoadjuvant chemoradiation.” in Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques aimed to “determine if [robotic-assisted transhiatal esophagectomy (RATE)] could be performed safely with good outcomes for esophageal cancer in a more recent series of patients”. The… Continue Reading

2013 – 20% complication rate seen with surgical robots

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In a 2013 article published in the December issue of Journal of Gastric Cancer titled “Emerging Role of Robot-assisted Gastrectomy: Analysis of Consecutive 200 Cases.”, a team of researchers led by JY Park “aimed to evaluate whether gaining experience in robotic gastrectomy could improve surgical outcomes in the treatment of gastric cancer.”  In recent years,… Continue Reading

2014 – Study finds surgical robots “introduce the risk of new complications”

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An article published earlier this month (February 2014) titled “Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Robotic vs Conventional Thyroidectomy Approaches for Thyroid Disease.” by GH Sun et al. in Otolaryngology provides us with helpful insight into the relative safety and efficacy of surgical robots, which have become increasingly prevalent in the modern operating room, at least… Continue Reading

Washington court lets surgical robot lawsuit proceed

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I knew there was a reason I got licensed to practice law in consumer-friendly Washington: A Washington state court yesterday denied Intuitive’s bid to throw out a lawsuit over the death of a patient operated on using the company’s da Vinci surgical system, according to court filings. The judge found the state’s product-liability laws require… Continue Reading

Manufacturer of surgical robots discouraged training of doctors

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Just imagine the sleazy sales manager who wrote the e-mail below” Company e-mails introduced in a lawsuit filed against Intuitive in Kitsap County, Washington, suggest salesmen lobbied hospitals to scale back doctor training. One manager’s e-mail lauded a salesman for persuading a hospital that five supervised operations were too many. In another, a manager told… Continue Reading