The rapid rise of robot-aided surgery ignores the fact that high-tech gadgets don’t always improve treatment outcomes but do increase costs
12 June 2019
SURGERY performed with the help of a robot has been billed as the next revolution in healthcare: such procedures can be carried out through an incision the width of a finger, causing less scarring and often allowing people to return to their homes more quickly.
The UK’s National Health Service recently announced plans to spend £50 million on more robotic surgical equipment for operating theatres, and yet the benefits of this high-tech approach are debated. Earlier this year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) …