Study Shows Rapid Adoption Of Robotic Assistance For Unproven Procedures
The authors of a large cohort study of the uptake of robotic-assisted surgery in Michigan hospitals argue that the rapid adoption of robotic techniques is not supported by existing clinical evidence.
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