Massachutes will be the 1st state to limit robotic surgery, next obamacare
March 20, 2013
09:58 EDT ISRG Massachusetts issues advisory on robot-assisted surgery
Massachusetts' Quality and Patient Safety Division of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services issued an advisory, which stated in part: "Over the last two years, the Quality and Patient Safety Division has received an increasing number of Safety and Quality Review reports of patient complications associated with robot-assisted surgery. This advisory is issued to draw providers’ attention to some of the potential issues involving robot-assisted surgery, to share some of the lessons learned by the reporting health care facilities, and to support health care facilities in the review and development of their systems for safe robotic-surgical practice." The advisory is dated March 2013. Note that last week the President of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a cautious statement on robotic-assisted surgery in hysterectomies, which is referenced in the Massachusetts advisory. Shares of Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which manufactures and markets the da Vinci robotic surgical system, are up about 1% to $487.57 in early trading. Reference Link
If you read their report, what the ACTUALLY said was that hospitals and associations have to look carefully at the credentialing process and come up with better ways to assess surgeon skill. This is what the associations SHOULD be doing. Many of the more senior leadership in these organizations should be held accountable as they were very slow to implement robotic training in their training programs.
This report did not fault the Company or the robot. Of the 'bad outcome' cases listed in their report, not a single one had anything to do with a problem with the robot. They were all problems with the surgeon's skill at surgery. Don't go to a robotic surgeon. Go to a GOOD surgeon. All of the problems would have likely occurred with poorly trained surgeon doing a non-robotic laparoscopic procedure.
The first "incorrect tenaculum placement" - nothing to do with the robot.
The second "morbidly obese patient with 'dense abdominal adhesions"... (Contraindications)
The third "Resected rectal tissue was inadvertently left in the abdomen" - would have occurred with a lap endoscope as well.
Off coarse I am short. I can see the writing all over the wall.
1st an advisory, next thing the state run health care system says we are not paying extra money for a technology were the scientific evidence clearly says their is no benefit to the patient.Just a matter of time before the federal government follows coarse. Good luck with your long position, I think in time I win big.