Hospitals may be pushing for patients to consider robotic surgeries, but this does not necessarily mean these surgeries are any safer for patients than more traditional forms of surgery. In fact, there could be unknown risks involved. This is why the Federal Drug and Safety Administration is currently looking into robotic surgeries and trying to figure out why there has been an increase in adverse events reported.
The da Vinci is a multi-armed, million dollar robot that performed roughly 400,000 surgeries in the United States last year. The system works by a surgeon operating the robot with hand controls in front of a computer several feet away from where the patient is. The robot has three or four arms. A camera is attached to one of the arms and surgery tools are in the other arms.