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The Da Vinci Debate (Full Show)
Some 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."
Intuitive Surgical issued an “urgent medical device notification” concerning one of its robot’s instruments that can cause internal burns.
Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci robot was once hailed as a revolution in the operating room, but as more reports of complications have come to light, the da Vinci debate is heating up.
Most robotic surgery takes place without a hitch, but a growing number of complaints and lawsuits allege complications and even deaths from Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci device.
The number of complications from robot-assisted surgery using Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci robot are underreported, allege critics of the procedure, fanning the controversy around the company's pioneering product.
If the critics of robotic surgery are right—that safety is an issue—how is that it was performed on 450,000 people last year? The answer may lie in one word: Marketing.
Herb Greenberg is the editor of Herb Greenberg’s Reality Check, a subscription newsletter for investors focused on risk.