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Date:4/2/2013

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The JAMA study looked at outcomes in 264,758 women who had either laparoscopic or robotically assisted hysterectomy at 441 hospitals between 2007 and 2010. The complication rate for both groups came in at around 5%. Most patients in either group left the hospital in less than two days, though patients who had robotic surgery were slightly more likely to go home this early. However, robotic hysterectomy cost an average of $8,868/procedure, compared with $6,679 for laparoscopic surgery. “Our study indicates that, while robotic assistance was associated with increased use of minimally invasive surgery for hysterectomy, when compared with laparoscopic hysterectomy, the robotic procedure offers little short-term benefit and is accompanied by significantly higher costs,” the research team wrote.

According to a recent report from StreetInsider.com, Intuitive Surgical has been named a defendant in nine Da Vinci Surgery Robot lawsuits filed on behalf of people who suffered gruesome injuries, allegedly due to defects inherent in the device. Last summer, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) rejected a motion to consolidate all Da Vinci Robotic Surgery lawsuits pending in federal courts in a single jurisdiction for pretrial proceedings. Court records indicate that at that time, only four claims were pending in federal court.
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