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  • golfcompanion49 golfcompanion49 Nov 2, 2012 6:33 AM Flag

    Da Vinci Robot May Cause Serious Complications for Patients Receiving Hysterectomies and Other Procedures, Reports Surgical News

    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The da Vinci Surgical System, a robotic device used across the country to perform hysterectomies on patients, has come under recent criticism from both medical professionals and insurance companies.
    The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has been firmly opposed to the robot for the potential hazards it presents to patients. Also, one insurance company, Kaiser Insurance, has also written about concerns related to the use of robotic devices.
    The criticism is primarily rooted in evidence that the robot has caused complications for a number of individuals, including cuff dehiscence and bladder injuries. One of the da Vinci Surgical System’s critics has been Dr. Susan K. Mueller, a board-certified practicing physician who was named the Top Surgeon in America in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2007 by the Consumers’ ResearchCouncil of America. Dr. Mueller has an in-depth article outlining the potential dangers of robotic surgery for hysterectomies. She also expresses concerns that the maker of the da Vinci Surgical System has engaged in paid online marketing tactics to ensure that negative comments about the robot do not appear at the top of users’ search results.

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