Posted by: robotnews | October 11, 2005

The Da Vinci System heads for… the prostate

Robots have proven to outperform humans when it comes to steadiness, accuracy and repeatability. With doctors growing increasingly dependant on robots to deliver better surgical results and fewer side effects – robotic doctors are exploring new avenues.

University of Pennysilvania used completely robotic surgery to successfully treat prostate cancer. Using the robot promises lesser pain, scars and side effects.

Prostate cancer is known to be the second largest cause of death in America and is known to affect one in six american men. Does anyone have the worldwide figures?




  1. I’ve been following Medical Robotics for sometime now and came across this link with videos of the Da Vinci in Action…its versatality are to be seen to be believed. Note: videos include actual surgery, hence not for the queasy hearted.

    Sylvester Vijay
    Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering – India

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