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Hospitals boost robotic surgery but training lags
San Francisco Business Times

Robotic surgery is already being used for hundreds of thousands of surgeries a year, but concerns are rising about a lack of standards for training that largely leaves individual surgeons or medical staffs to decide when they are ready. All too often, many experts say, they decide to do so too soon. The surgery, which involves the use of a computer console, camera and robotic arms controlled by a surgeon, has had mountains of hype in recent years, and more than 100 California hospitals have purchased robotic equipment at a cost of up to $3 million per unit.

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