Fascinating investigative journalism from the great Herb Greenberg:

450,000 people had robot-assisted surgery last year, making Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the da Vinci machine, one of the hottest stocks around. Hospitals across the country embrace the cutting-edge surgical device but criticism is mounting. CNBC’s Herb Greenberg investigates allegations of problems in the operating room in his latest documentary, “The da Vinci Debate.”

Thu 18 Apr 13 | 12:05 AM ET

Category: Corporate Management, Technology, Video

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2 Responses to “Intuitive Surgical: The Da Vinci Debate”

  1. constantnormal says:

    ISRG had the opportunity to drive costs down, ramping up sales and market share … instead they took the route of trying to sell loaded-to-the-gills systems to fat-cat hospital chains, This is an example of how costs are exploding in hospitals, passed along to insurers, who also pass them along … until the buck finally stops, with the end-users of our health care system.

    The vast majority of these systems were sold to perform prostate surgery … I’ve been expecting for years some biotech advance to produce a non-surgical treatment to shrink enlarged prostates, or to eradicate prostate cancer … sooner or later that will happen. Where will all these multi-million-dollar tools be then?

  2. cn,

    it is, even, worse than that..

    see some of..


    “…The PSA test may give false-positive or false-negative results. A false-positive test result occurs when a man’s PSA level is elevated but no cancer is actually present. A false-positive test result may create anxiety for a man and his family and lead to additional medical procedures, such as a prostate biopsy, that can be harmful. Possible side effects of biopsies include serious infections, pain, and bleeding.

    Most men with an elevated PSA level turn out not to have prostate cancer; only about 25 percent of men who have a prostate biopsy due to an elevated PSA level actually have prostate cancer (2).

    A false-negative test result occurs when a man’s PSA level is low even though he actually has prostate cancer. False-negative test results may give a man, his family, and his doctor false assurance that he does not have cancer, when he may in fact have a cancer that requires treatment….”