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Read The Entire Paper, Not Just The Abstract

Tue, 04/24/2012 - 6:36am

Here is a paper touching on two of my favorite subjects, robotic surgery and misleading abstracts.

It is entitled “Overcoming the challenges of single-incision cholecystectomy with robotic single-site technology” was just published ahead of print in Archives of Surgery. It is a study of 100 robotic single-incision cholecystectomies done by five Italian surgeons.

The conclusion of the abstract:

“Da Vinci single-site cholecystectomy is an easy and safe procedure for expert robotic surgeons. It allows the quick overcoming of the learning curve typical of single-incision laparoscopic surgery and may potentially increase the safety of this approach.”

From the full text of the paper, here is a summary of the results of a survey of the five surgeons who participated in the study.

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