Robotic Heart Surgery Needs a Pragmatic Visionary

Two reasonable assumptions gave birth to the field of robotic heart surgery. First, patients don’t want their incisions to be any larger than is necessary for a surgical procedure to be performed safely. Second, a surgical robot makes it feasible to perform a technically demanding procedure like heart surgery through small incisions. Propelled by these […]

Share the Decision to Avoid Regret

Sometimes there is only one appropriate treatment option for a patient. Consider someone with a knife stuck in their carotid artery. Nothing other than surgery is discussed. Many clinical problems aren’t like this and can be addressed by several different options with roughly equivalent outcomes. The choice of available options is “preference sensitive”, meaning that […]