Is da Vinci Robotic Surgery a Revolution or a Ripoff?
Laparoscopic surgery has proven to be a significant medical advance, turning major surgeries that kept patients in the hospital for several days and left big scars behind into fairly minor procedures. “I can’t tell you how many patients come in who say, ‘I want robotic surgery with a laser’ — and they’ll find somebody to do that,” said Eric Genden, MD, an ear, nose, and throat surgeon at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. “This is a beautiful illustration of how American medicine and the patients tend to become enamored of technology without ever really asking the question, ‘What are we getting for the technology?’”
-Dr. Eric Genden, Professor, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, System Cahir, Otolaryngology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Site Chair, Otolaryngology, Mount Sinai Roosevelt, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s