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Photos of the Day: Robotic Surgeons, All Hype?

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 9:36am
The Associated Press

In this March 22, 2013 photo, Dr. Pier Giulianotti, chief of minimally invasive and robotic surgery at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System in Chicago, sits at the control panel of the da Vinci robot system. Surgeons say the advantages of the system include allowing them to operate sitting down, using small robotic hands with no tremor. But critics say a big increase in robot operations nationwide is due to heavy marketing and hype, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking into problems and deaths that may be linked with robotic surgery. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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In this photo from video provided by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., maker of the da Vinci robotic system, doctors are seen using the device to perform a surgery. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.)

In this March 22, 2013 photo, Dr. Pier Giulianotti, chief of minimally invasive and robotic surgery at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System in Chicago, shows off a robotic arm of the da Vinci robot system. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

In this March 26, 2013 photo, Aidee Diaz, 36, center, exercises with personal trainer Angela Appleton, left, at the Rauner Family YMCA on Chicago's South Side. Diaz has lost 100 pounds since a simultaneous robotic kidney transplant and obesity surgery in July 2012 at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System in Chicago. Diaz says the YMCA workouts are helping her get in shape. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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