Study: Costlier robotic surgery soars for women's hysterectomies, with little added benefit

  • Article by: LINDSEY TANNER , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 19, 2013 - 3:06 PM
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test0001Feb. 19, 13 3:36 PM

I work in 2 local hospitals; one with a robot, one without. Today we just did a laparoscopic (surgery with cameras through small incisions) hysterectomy. It took an hour and the patient is going home today. Last week we did a davinci robot assisted hysterectomy on a patient with similar characteristics. It took 4 1/2 hours and the patient had to be admitted afterwards. Patients like the sound of a high tech robot, but from my perspective it's just a multi-million dollar toy that the surgeons use to make an operation more lengthy and complex.

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rosiegirl12Feb. 19, 13 4:36 PM

This article doesn't mention that there are other, non-surgical, methods for dealing with fibroid tumors (such as Uterine Artery Embolization) and that MANY of hysterectomies are really unnecessary. The beneficiary of this surgery is more often the doctor who receives the fee rather than the woman, who must deal with the aftermath of hysterectomy. Women, please research all your options before agreeing to surgery.

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