Any surgeons, who have used the Da Vinchi Surgical Systems?

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  1. erandall38 macrumors 6502

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    I would appreciate it if you could give me a few minutes of your time to ask you some questions regarding the systems....
    Thanks.
     
  2. ErikCLDR macrumors 68000

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    My mom is a business consultant for a hospital in massachusetts. She helps determine the costs of surgeries and things of that nature. I don't know what your questions are, but she knows a lot about procedures and operating techniques. I remember she was talking about it with my dad but I wasn't paying attention. If you post your questions, maybe I could ask her them.
     
  3. Hmac macrumors 68020

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    At $1 million to $1.7 million, the DaVinci doesn't have a lot of market penetration and it's usefulness is pretty limited in most surgical applications. It's a fascinating device but adds cost and time to any given operation, and for the most part represents very questionable value. The precision it can bring to bear is beneficial in only a very few general surgical operations. Its broadest use tends to be in urology, primarily suprapubic prostatectomy where exposure is awkward and angles are difficult using conventional laparoscopic techniques. Most urologists still lack much training or experience in laparoscopy and the DaVinci can make up for some of that.

    I've used the DaVinci and we are in the beginning stages of gathering the $$$ necessary to purchase one, but it would never pay for itself and will require substantial grant money to acquire.
     
  4. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Curious and can't find much on Google, what is this DaVinci thing? :eek: Something to aid in surgery obviously, but what?

    edit: oh, scratch that, found it. (I think?)

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    The thing in the back looks like a means of torture :eek:
     
  5. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Yes… dentistry still has a way to go before it looses those connections. :eek:
     
  6. Phat Elvis macrumors 6502

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    I heard about a surgeon who justified buying an xbox 360 to improve eye-hand coordination. Gullible wife / lucky guy.
     
  7. Hmac macrumors 68020

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    http://archsurg.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/142/2/181

    http://www.psychology.iastate.edu/FACULTY/dgentile/MMVRC_Jan_20_MediaVersion.pdf

    http://health.usnews.com/usnews/health/articles/070222/22health.video.htm

    http://www.iastate.edu/~nscentral/news/2007/feb/lapsurgery.shtml

    No shortage of data reinforcing that correlation, and I completely agree that the concepts are valid - modern surgery is all about taking a 2 dimensional video information and being able to convert it into three dimensions in the brain.
     
  8. Jasonbot macrumors 68020

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    I like taht guys shoes :p
     

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