MinervaBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7414.570 (Published 04 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:570
Robot assisted technology offers definite advantages for some kinds of surgery. But a prospective study of primary total hip replacements found that although robot-assisted operations conferred advantages in pre-operative planning and accuracy during the procedure itself, there was a significant down side. There was a high revision rate with robots, and a lot more muscle damage, which the authors think was responsible for the higher dislocation rate. The operations also took longer (Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 2003 ;85A: 1470-8).
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