A recent New York Times article relays new study findings on robotic GYN surgery complications in benign gynecologic procedures. The report indicated an increased number of complications occurring during the robot assisted procedures with bladder and ureter damages accounting for most of the increased injuries.
Questions raised during the study: Is the robot better than a trained laparoscopic GYN specialist? Is it more precise? Is it more efficient, safer, faster, and does it provide a better recovery? Does the robot actually do the surgery? The answer to all of these is “No.”
So why is the robot being used to perform GYN surgeries? It all has to do with your OBGYN. As a patient, you need to know that your OB is primarily an Obstetrician, not a surgeon. In fact, Obstetrician Gynecologists admit that the majority of their practice is spent on treating pregnant patients and on office gynecology. Surgery only makes up 25% of their practice. (ACOG 2008 survey). The majority of OB/GYNs are much better at open surgical procedures, not laparoscopy.