Weighing the Advantages and Disadvantages of Robotic Surgery

February 13, 2019

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Surgery is something that, until the 2000s, was considered the purview of medical specialists. If you went to the hospital for a surgical procedure, you could expect to be attended by a human surgeon - until robots entered the operating room. Since then, several companies, such as Intuitive Surgical, Mazor X and even some universities respond to the demand of hospitals which commit, slowly but surely, to the integration of robotic operating systems.

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