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Analysts continue to defend Intuitive Surgical amid a Wall Street nosedive as minimally invasive surgeons react in defense of robot-assisted surgery.

Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci robot-assisted surgical system

Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) gained back a few points on Wall Street today as analysts noted movement among minimally invasive surgeons arising to defend robot-assisted surgery.

A group of surgeons over the weekend issued a public letter chiding American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists president Dr. James Breeden over an editorial highlighting cost concerns and a perceived lack of evidence behind the hype around robot-assisted procedures.

"We see a failure in ACOG's ability to embrace the education of minimally invasive surgery," the doctors wrote. "Robotic surgery is an enabling technology that has transformed our ability to operate in a more efficient, controlled surgical field and master complex anatomical environments. It has allowed us to extend a level of quality surgical care to our patients that is exceptionally more diverse and complete than was ever possible with traditional methods of surgery."

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