What's Wrong with the da Vinci Robot?
Some physicians acknowledged to me that in certain surgical areas, such as in cardiothoracic surgery, the da Vinci at this point doesn't lend itself to more efficiency, and is no better or worse than other treatment options. One physician told me it's "going to be the future." That's a bit of a bit flimsy reason to use it now.
Still, in its report, ECRI didn't capture the full possibilities of the da Vinci. Physicians in the field of head and neck cancers, for instance, say they are thrilled by the prospects that the da Vinci represents, offering better patient care options than they have seen in decades.
Neck and throat cancer is devastating because of its impact on speech, swallowing, and facial structures.
Currently, about 80% of all head and neck cancers are caused by tobacco and alcohol use. More than 50,000 Americans are diagnosed with cancers of the head and throat each year, including the tonsils, tongue base and voice box.
Looking ahead, healthcare industry experts expect to see increasing instances of oral cancer tumors related to sexually transmitted diseases. In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration opened the door for use of the da Vinci surgical system for transoral otolaryngologic surgical procedures to treat tumors in adults.
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