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The Technology that Could Save Robotic Surgery Millions
Software diagnostic research debugs robotic surgical systems
By Henry Lenard


An increase in the number of malfunctions and complications in surgeries involving Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robot has prompted new scrutiny by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Growing safety concerns

Since early last year, the FDA has 500 reported incidents of problems with robotic surgeries, with at least five deaths. The agency does not distinguish between surgeon error and problems with the device itself, but Intuitive Surgical is facing a growing number of lawsuits.

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Henry Lenard is the former editor-in-chief of the Pittsburgh Business Times and also was editor-in-chief of the former Industry.Net, a national network of regional publications covering manufacturing and computer technology.

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