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Robotic Surgeon Stitches a Grape Back Together

If you’ve ever seen Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, you’ll likely remember the scene where the main character has surgery performed on her by an automated robot.  We’re not there – yet.  For right now, researchers at Penn State and other medical universities are training the next generation of surgeons to perform robotic-assisted surgery with the new da Vinci laparoscopic system.

An important distinction is that, at this point, surgery is assisted by robots – never directed.  While some companies are developing robotic systems that can perform surgery with little to no assistance, the technology isn’t presently in use. It’s not just enough to say, “this is the future – we need more robots.” 

There are serious considerations made by both surgeons, healthcare facilities, insurers and even the FDA itself before a second set of robotic arms can go into the OR.  Below are three of those considerations:

1. Cost Savings

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Hospitals and medical centers that routinely perform surgeries have very high costs.  Surgeries can typically last four or more hours of continuous work.  There are a lot of

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