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Examining the Evidence

Are hospital claims about the robotic approach to gynecologic surgery based on reliable data—or mostly hype?

November 2012 · Vol. 24, No. 11
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Although robotic gynecologic surgery has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, evidence of its effectiveness is limited. Of the studies that have been conducted, many found no benefit or only slight benefit for the robot, compared with laparoscopic surgery. Nevertheless, the use of the robot in gynecologic surgery has spread rapidly, accounting for more than 200,000 operations in 2009.

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