Electrical burns may burst surgical robot's bubble

June 14, 2013 10:13 PM

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Electrical burns may burst surgical robot's bubble

It’s so popular that most so-called “keyhole” hysterectomies are done using the machine, and it’s used in four out of five operations to remove the prostate, according to the non-profit ECRI Institute.

But a series of lawsuits threaten to burst da Vinci’s high-flying bubble, claiming that a very low-tech problem – wear and tear – can spoil the benefits of using a remote, automated system, injuring patients and forcing the invasive surgery they were trying to avoid.

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