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Robot Surgery Risk Needs Disclosure as Injuries Rise

A rising number of injuries linked to robotic surgery has been reported to Massachusetts health officials, spurring the state to call for better oversight on training and more disclosure to patients on potential risks.

The state’s Board of Registration in Medicine said in a statement on its website yesterday that it has received “an increasing number” of reports of patient complications related to the surgery in the last two years. While the board doesn’t name any company, the only robot system cleared in the U.S. for soft tissue surgery is made by Sunnyvale, California-based Intuitive Surgical Inc.