Robot-assisted surgical devices maker Intuitive Surgical takes offense as doctors at a major U.S. cancer center warn that robot-assisted surgery may have little to offer patients undergoing surgical bladder removal.
The much-disputed field of robot-assisted surgery took another blow this week when doctors from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center warned that the high-tech procedure may be no better than traditional surgery for patients with invasive bladder cancer.
Researchers say that robot-assisted surgery is as good as open surgery in controlling prostate cancer for 10 years.
Robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) proved just as good as open surgery in keeping the prostate cancer under control for 10 years following the procedure, according to a new study from researchers at the Henry Ford Hospital.
Nearly 99% of the RARP patients enrolled in the study survived cancer for a decade following surgery and about 73% were recurrence-free and 97.5% of the group was metastasis-free, according to the report.
A Danish study of St. Jude Medical's recalled Riata and Riata ST defibrillator leads suggests that the externalization problem that led to the recall worsens over time and is linked to "electrical abnormalities."
An new study shows that transcatheter aortic valve-in-valve implantation may be an important option for a growing population of patients with deteriorating bioprosthetic implants, but outcomes depend strongly on how the previous valve is failed.
New research released this week provides more support for the use of transcatheter aortic valve-in-valve (VIV) implantation as a means of replacing previously implanted valves that have deteriorated over time.
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