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Robotic surgery gets new push

Long-term prostate benefits unclear

Dr. Simon McRae sat at the controls of the da Vinci this week as he performed surgery on a patient with prostate cancer.
By Liz Kowalczyk
Globe Staff / October 1, 2005

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Pioneering surgeons long have believed that the precision of remote-controlled surgical ''robots" might improve results, but the technology has been slow to catch on. Now, hospitals are snapping up a new $1.2 million robot and heavily marketing robotic surgery to men with prostate cancer, a group that is eager for treatments with fewer disabling complications. (Full article: 1231 words)

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