Robotic Surgery - No Benefit

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 19:47 administrator

It looks like robotic surgery is just another expensive medical procedure that offers no benefits to patients but does generate more income for doctors, hospitals and device maker, an article in the NY Times reports.

The Journal of the American Medical Association has published the results of a large study comparing the use of robotic surgery with standard laparoscopic surgery for hysterectomy.  In spite of claims that robotic surgery was better in many ways, the study found little difference in the rate of complications, time in the hospital, recovery time or blood transfusion between the two groups.

Robotic surgery was significantly more expensive by thousands of dollars and this translated into more income for the medical industry and more expense for patients.  This is why you will hear advertisements from hospitals for robotic surgery.  They make more money from it.  However, there is no benefit and you pay the extra cost.

If you are offered robotic surgery, you should politely decline.