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Fast Personal Pt. 3: Rise Of Robotic Surgeons

In honor of Healthy week we’ve been finding you fast money in the lifestyle choices you make every day.

In part 3 of this series we look at a new trend in surgery.

The next time you go under the knife for an operation, the hand holding it might not be human - and that's a good thing.

Instead, your surgeon may be sitting behind an enormous console remotely controlling instruments inside your body - watching his work all the while on a hi-definition 3D screen!

Sound like an episode of Star Trek? Well tomorrow is here and it's bringing us a new medical miracle – robotic surgery.

Thanks to break through technology, many hospitals are replacing men with machines – highly evolved machines that maneuver with a precision that’s the envy of every doctor.

But that’s not all.

Robotic surgeons can do things humans can’t. They can operate through slits that are typically one-to-two centimeters wide – incisions that are much smaller than those needed by a traditional surgeon using his hands.

That translates into less trauma, fewer complications and a speedier recovery time. And all that adds up to lower costs.

So where’s the Fast Money in this new health trend?

The trade is longIntuitive Surgical, says Guy Adami, they’re the maker of the state of the art DaVinci System - the most widely used robotic surgical device.

But if we’re looking at economic weakness hospitals will probably reign in spending and robotic surgeons are an easy cut.

This may not be the best time to establish a long position in Intuitive, however it's definitely a name for the radar.

Read More:

> Fast Personal Pt. 1: Meds For The Masses

> Fast Personal Pt. 2: Plastic Profits - The Business Of Beauty

*Luke Bauer contributed to this post



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