This is a recent article discussing the high cost of robotic surgery without much improved outcomes. It looks that only prostatectomy may be cost-effective. Plastic surgery is already enough expensive and looking at some outcomes, depends very much on the skills of surgeon than on technology. http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1006602 Vislava Tylman, MLS Goldblatt Medical Library, Cleveland Clinic Florida -----Original Message----- From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Alligood, Elaine C Sent: Monday, July 25, 2011 12:41 PM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: REF Q: Using the da Vinci surgical robot for plastic surgery Our group did a brief systematic review of it and other robotic surgery technologies in 2006. Not much evidence of effectiveness and yikes the image of robotic surgery on one's face? http://www.va.gov/VATAP/docs/RoboticSurgery2006ttm.pdf Elaine Alligood, MLS Informationista & Chief Library Service VA Boston Healthcare System 857-364-5778 What do You Need to Know Today? Click VALNET for a VA Librarian -----Original Message----- From: Medical Libraries Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Okandan, Amanda Sent: Monday, July 25, 2011 12:22 PM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: REF Q: Using the da Vinci surgical robot for plastic surgery Good morning, A patron has asked me to find literature for her on using the da Vinci surgical robot for plastic surgery, facelifts in particular. I'm coming up with absolutely nothing for her on this question. I've found articles regarding using the da Vinco robot for thyroidectomies via a facelift incision, but nothing about cosmetic uses. So far, I've searched PubMed, Google, Web of Science, and MD Consult. It occurred to me that the FDA has to approve uses for medical devices, so I tried to find the FDA approval notice for this device. I need a class in finding medical device information from the FDA because I wasn't very successful. I found Intuitive Surgical's premarket applications for approval, but did not find a list of approved uses. Can anyone point me in the right direction? I'm feeling like an ignorant librarian this morning! Thank you very much, Amanda Amanda Z. Okandan, MLS Medical Librarian Robert Shafer Memorial Library Presbyterian Hospital [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> (505)841-1516 (phone) (505)841-1067 (fax) ============================================ *-*-*- PRESBYTERIAN_HEALTHCARE_SERVICES_DISCLAIMER -*-*-* This message originates from Presbyterian Healthcare Services or one of its affiliated organizations. It contains information, which may be confidential or privileged, and is intended only for the individual or entity named above. It is prohibited for anyone else to disclose, copy, distribute or use the contents of this message. All personal messages express views solely of the sender, which are not to be attributed to Presbyterian Healthcare Services or any of its affiliated organizations, and may not be distributed without this disclaimer. If you received this message in error, please notify us immediately at [log in to unmask] If you would like more information about Presbyterian Healthcare Services please visit our web site http://www.phs.org ============================================ =================================== Please consider the environment before printing this e-mail Cleveland Clinic is ranked one of the top hospitals in America by U.S.News & World Report (2010). Visit us online at http://www.clevelandclinic.org for a complete listing of our services, staff and locations. Confidentiality Note: This message is intended for use only by the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is privileged, confidential, and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient or the employee or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please contact the sender immediately and destroy the material in its entirety, whether electronic or hard copy. Thank you.