BY GINA KOLATA – New York Times
At 42, Dr. Jeffrey Cadeddu feels like a dinosaur in urologic surgery. He was trained to take out cancerous prostates the traditional laparoscopic way: making small incisions in the abdomen and inserting tools with his own hands to slice out the organ.
But now, patients don’t want that kind of surgery. They want surgery by a robot, controlled by a physician not necessarily even in the operating room, face buried in a console, working the robot’s arms with remote controls.
“Patients interview you,” said Cadeddu, a urologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. “They say: ‘Do you use the robot? OK, well, thank you.’” And they leave.
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