A Google search using key terms and site:gov produced some government agencies with some stats about robotic surgical procedures although you may need to verify their original sources of information by contacting the agency.  Here are examples I found during a quick search:

1. "Since 2000, surgical robots have been used in over 1.75 million minimally invasive procedures in the U.S. across various surgical specialties, including gynecological, urological, general, cardiothoracic, and head and neck surgery." 

2. The AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) cites Intuitive Surgical Inc., similarly to what your patron found.  Without a central reporting source, it looks like it may be necessary to use data provided by manufacturers.  From the AHRQ (the numbers in parentheses refer to footnotes which are on the web page).

"The use of robotic assistance in surgery has expanded exponentially since it was first approved in 2000.(1,2) It is estimated that, worldwide, more than 570,000 procedures were performed with the da Vinci robotic surgical system in 2014, with this figure growing almost 10% each year.(2) Robotic-assisted surgery (RAS) has found its way into almost every surgical subspecialty and now has approved uses in urology, gynecology, cardiothoracic surgery, general surgery, and otolaryngology.(2,3) RAS is most commonly used in urology and gynecology; more than 75% of robotic procedures performed are within these two specialties.(2) Robotic surgical systems have the potential to improve surgical technique and outcomes, but they also create a unique set of risks and patient safety concerns.

3. Tracking the Rise of Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer

Hope some of this helps.

Amelia Kassel
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A patron is looking for statistics on the number of robotic surgeries performed in the US for as far back as there might be data.

We haven’t found an agency/society/association/organization that collects this data centrally or that such data gets reported to.   Patron found some information on a manufacturer’s website (Da Vinci by Intuitive Surgical seems to be the big name in the industry), but is looking for a less commercial source.

We did reach out to the AHA.   They do not have the number of procedures, but they do have the number of hospitals who offer robotic surgery.

There is a MeSH heading for Robotic Surgical Procedures.  The stats and numerical data subheading wasn’t particularly helpful.  I’ve also tried the FDA “Medical Devices” page, but so far no luck.

Any ideas as to where to find this info would be greatly appreciated!

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