Surgeon Folds and Throws Paper Airplane Using da Vinci Robot (video)

From Swedish hospital YouTube channel: Dr. James Porter, medical director of robotic surgery at Swedish folds a small paper airplane with the da Vinci robot to demonstrate how this device gives surgeons greater surgical precision and dexterity over existing approaches.

With over 600,000 views, this video undoubtedly brings good publicity to the hospital.

However, the robot costs on average $1.3 million, in addition to several hundred thousand dollars of annual maintenance fees. Surgical procedures performed with the robot take longer than traditional ones. Critics say that hospitals have a hard time recovering the cost and that most clinical data does not support the claim of improved patient outcomes.

The manufacturer Intuitive Surgical has sold more than 1,000 units worldwide.


Prepping Robots to Perform Surgery, The New York Times, 4 May 2008.

Comments from Twitter:

Meenakshi Budhraja @gastromom: Cool !!

Westby Fisher, MD @doctorwes:  Surgeon Folds and Throws Paper Airplane Using da Vinci Robot (video) - Manual faster, no?

PDara MD, FACP @JediPD:  da Vinci good for that

Skeptical Scalpel @Skepticscalpel:  Finally a use. Maybe the airplanes could have the hospital's logo on them. Folding a paper airplane. Amazing feat by a surgical robot? I think not. My blog. -- Folding a paper airplane. Amazing feat by the surgical robot?

Ravi Pamnani @ravrav0: Surgical robots: Folding tiny paper airplanes - CHECK. Actually improving clinical outcomes - TBD.  #medtech

Jenaro Fdez-Valencia @JenaroFV_MD: after all ... it doesn't fly! If he did a boat instead, it would work. Can he try?

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