As more surgical robots are being released to the mar- ket, more than half of Surgical Products’ readers report working in a facility with one of these devices,
a number derived from a recent reader survey.
After looking at survey results, Surgical Products looked at the
attitudes of surgeons, nurses and healthcare staff towards these
machines to see if they serve the purpose they are designed for.
When asked why they didn’t have a surgical robot:
• The majority of people, 62 percent of responders, said the
biggest reason they didn’t have a surgical robot was cost.
• The second biggest response category, selected by 48 percent, was not getting a quick enough return on investment.
• Other reasons, like not having enough clinical evidence to
support purchasing one, case length being too long and
physicians not interested in using them, were other reasons
facilities didn’t have one, according to 37 percent of people.
• Seven percent said not having one was because they didn’t
understand its use.
Most of the facilities with robots, 98 percent, said they used
the DaVinci. When those who had robots were asked about
the training they received on how to use surgical robots:
• The majority of responses, 46 percent, described their
training as excellent.
• Similarly, 30 percent reported it as adequate.
• More than 26 percent said it was worth all the time and
costs surrounding the training.
• Twenty-three percent described it as expensive.
• Training was time consuming, 17 percent said.
• Nearly 4 percent of respondents said their training was
The majority of those with and without robots said hav-
ing a surgical robot makes, or would make, their facility more
desirable. About 20 percent of respondents said having one
wouldn’t make the facility more desirable. When asked about
the biggest benefits of having a surgical robot, or perceived
benefits, if the respondents didn’t have one in house:
• More than 68 percent said the biggest draw was the shorter
recovery time the surgical robots offered.
• Tying back to another question, more than 63 percent indicated it would attract patients.
• Fewer surgical site infections were a benefit, according to
38 percent of those surveyed.
• The potential to attract better surgeons and nurses was also
seen by 38 percent of people
• Keeping facility costs down was a benefit seen by 11 per-
cent of respondents.
• About 6 percent of responses said there
were other benefits too, like attracting
younger surgeons, decreased blood loss
and the extensive capabilities of the robot
to help reduce the need for other mechanical devices.
After weighing the benefits, respondents
were asked about the biggest challenges of
having a surgical robot, whether they be perceived or actual challenges:
• More than 63 percent said the biggest challenge was surgeon training.
• Maintaining the robot was also a big challenge, according to the more than 53 respondents.
• Instrument cleaning and care was an issue
for 46 percent of respondents.
• The lack of versatility when it came to
the variety of procures it could perform
by Rebecca Rudolph, editor