Robot-Assisted Surgery and Health Care Costs

  • Shukla P
  • Scherr D
  • Milsom J
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To the Editor: In their Perspective article, Barbash and Glied (Aug. 19 issue)1 focus primarily on the additional costs associated with robot-assisted surgery. They do not discuss key attributes of robot-assisted surgery such as increased precision, miniaturization, articulation beyond normal manipulation, and three-dimensional magnification. These attributes contribute to better ergonomics and simplify certain operative steps, thereby increasingly attracting surgeons to try to adopt this technology. It is likely that robot-assisted surgery is being used across a range of specialties because of the versatility of the technology.2,3 The authors voice concern about the increasing number of robot-assisted prostatectomies, but often . . .

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  • Parul J Shukla

  • Douglas S Scherr

  • Jeffrey W Milsom

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