Read The Entire Paper, Not Just The Abstract
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.