Perception of da Vinci surgery
An interesting article appeared in the most recent issue of Surgical Endoscopy from Ahmad et al.: "Robotic surgery current perceptions and the clinical evidence".
"We administered survey questionnaires via face-to-face interviews with surgical patients (n = 101), healthcare providers (n = 58), and senior members of hospital administration (n = 6) at a community hospital that performs robotic surgery. The respondents were asked about their perception regarding the infection rate, operative time, operative blood loss, incision size, cost, length of hospital stay (LOS), risk of complications, precision and accuracy, tactile sensation, and technique of robotic-assisted surgery as compared with conventional laparoscopic surgery. We then performed a comprehensive literature review to assess whether or not these perceptions could be corroborated with clinical evidence." An the results are worth looking into:Surgical Endoscopy