Michael Stifelman

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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. (Associated Press/Courtesy of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.)

    Robot hot among surgeons but FDA taking a new look

    The biggest thing in operating rooms these days is a million-dollar, multi-armed robot named da Vinci, used in nearly 400,000 surgeries nationwide last year — triple the number just four years earlier.

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