A hospital's decision to buy a DaVinci is generally based upon financial reasons. Can the facility utilize the equipment and charge enough fees to generate a profit? That's why hospitals like the one in Alabama resort to marketing (the ad to which Tamu referred) to promote its latest technology. I'm sure the ad did not indicate how many procedures the surgeons on staff had performed or where they trained. That's not important to a hospital that just bought a DaVinci, but it sure would be important to me if I was considering surgery at the facility.
Excellent results can be had with both the
open and the Davinci; however, like Courtney alluded to above, the procedure is generally only as good as the presiding surgeon. That's why in my opinion the #1 criteria is selecting the finest surgeon out there as opposed to selecting the
open or DaVinci procedure.
Post Edited (SJC) : 4/24/2007 5:01:38 PM (GMT-6)