A Surgeon's Hands or a Robot's?

August 25, 2010

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Daniel Eun, MD, assistant professor of Surgery in Urology and director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Urologic Oncology and Reconstruction at Pennsylvania Hospital is featured in a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer on robotic surgery. Robotic surgery represents a vast improvement in visualization, says Eun, "It becomes a merging of what you'd see with your naked eye [with] the enhanced visualization of a camera that has magnification." Eun also cautions that "If the robot is used in inexperienced hands, it can be a really dangerous weapon." Without proper training, he added, using the robot can be disorienting. The story also addresses the cost of robotic surgery. Experts also suggest patients seek out surgeons who have done more cases, because they tend to have better results. Read More