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Snuffing Out Surgical Smoke - Outpatient Surgery Magazine - December 2019

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D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 9 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y. N E T • 9 3 I ntuitive Surgical's da Vinci robot, which sells for $1.5 to $2 mil- lion and costs about $300,000 a year to main- tain, continues to domi- nate abdominal robotic surgery. Nimbler, lower- priced systems, in vari- ous stages of develop- ment (see "Da Vinci Alternatives" on page 56), have yet to gain much if any traction in the U.S. market. That's likely to change in the coming years — as will the cost of entry for abdominal robotics. "Competitors are trying to keep their price points closer to $1 million. That's still pricey, but over time competing companies will lower their prices as they get into larger production runs," says Roger Smith, PhD, chief scientist at AdventHealth Nicholson Center in Celebration, Fla. "Robots are certainly going to be more popular and numerous, and like anything with technology, they'll get cheaper, smaller, easier," Wanted: An Abdominal Robot For Same-Day Surgery Here's an update on the quest for smaller, less expensive robots tailored to outpatient facilities. • HELP AT A COST Robots for abdominal surgeries can improve performance and outcomes, but also increase per-case costs compared to laparoscopy. Joe Paone | Senior Associate Editor

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