New questions about the $3B/year robotic surgery business

When Intuitive Surgical, manufacturer of the DaVinci robotic surgery system, last month reported that it had exceeded revenue and earnings expectations for the quarter, the company CEO said, “We’re neither satisfied nor comfortable.”

But, clearly, neither are some observers in medicine satisfied or comfortable about the technology’s explosive growth.  This is the final sentence of a research letter published in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association:

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