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FDA Safety Communication: caution when using robotically-assisted surgical devices in women's health including mastectomy and other cancer-related surgeries.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; February 28, 2019.
This announcement seeks to raise awareness of the potential risks associated with the use of robotic-assisted surgical devices in mastectomies or cancer-related care. Recommendations for patients who may seek to have robotically assisted surgery include asking about their surgeon's experience with these procedures and discussing benefits, risks, and alternatives regarding available treatment options with their health care provider. Suggestions for health care providers include completing specialized training on procedures they perform. A WebM&M commentary described the challenges and benefits associated with robotic surgery.
Quintero F. Orlando Sentinel. June 16, 2010;A1.
This newspaper article reports how one hospital system introduced advanced training programs to ensure safe use of surgical robots.
Carreyrou J. Wall Street Journal. May 4, 2010:A1.
This newspaper article discusses complications associated with surgical robots, and explains that such errors may have been exacerbated by inadequate clinician training and production pressures.