Dayton, OH (PRWEB) February 25, 2013
The Da Vinci Surgical Robot lawyers at Wright & Schulte LLC, an experienced defective medical device law firm, are disturbed by a recent study that found the use of robot-assisted hysterectomies has risen dramatically in recent years. According to researchers writing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), such robotic surgery procedures have grown in popularity despite added costs and similar complication rates compared with laparoscopic procedures.
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The Da Vinci Surgical System, marketed by Intuitive Surgical, is a large, remote-controlled robot used to perform minimally-invasive surgeries, including hysterectomies, prostate removals, gall bladder removals, gastric bypass, and thyroid cancer surgery. According to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, the Da Vinci Robot has been purchased by some 1,370 hospitals since being brought to market. Sales of the Da Vinci system have been spurred by promises that it offers patients less scarring, less pain, less blood loss, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery than traditional procedures.
According to the newly-published JAMA study, robotically assisted procedures accounted for just 0.5% of hysterectomies in 2007, but grew to almost 10% of procedures in 2010. The increase was even more dramatic at hospitals where robotic surgery was offered, with 22% involving robotic procedures. A quarter of the women who had laparoscopic hysterectomies stayed in the hospital longer than two days, compared with 20% of those who had robotic procedures. But the complication rate for both groups was 5%. The cost for robotic hysterectomy was $8,868 per procedure, compared with $6,679 for a laparoscopic procedure. "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 authors of the study wrote.
This is not the first time research has raised questions about the benefits of robotic surgery. In 2009, another JAMA study reported that prostate cancer patients who underwent minimally-invasive prostate removal, the majority of which involve a robotic procedure, were more than twice as likely to experience incontinence or impotence 18 months post-op, compared to patients who had traditional surgery. Success at controlling the cancer was about the same for both operations. A study published in January 2012 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that women treated with the Da Vinci Robot for endometrial cancer had about the same complication rates as those who underwent traditional laparoscopy.
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