Robotic surgery is high-tech 'tour de force' – but is it safe?

June 15, 2013 3:01 AM

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Robotic surgery is high-tech 'tour de force' – but is it safe?

The majority of the hundreds of thousands of robotic surgeries performed in the U.S. each year are done safely. However, as use of the machine increases, so are reports of injuries: The U.S. Food and Drug administration has received more than 200 reports since 2007 of burns, cuts and infections – including 89 deaths – after robotic surgery. Rock Center's Dr. Nancy Snyderman investigates Intuitive Surgical Systems and meets a woman who blames her devastating complication on the robot.

The newlywed had been grappling with excruciatingly painful periods for as long as she could remember, when her doctor told her one way she could end the agony was a hysterectomy. Michelle Zarick, then 37, didn’t question it when the doctor wanted to use the latest high-tech option that medicine had...

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