Surgery Overkill: Why Do We Love Robotic Procedures?

The treatments cost more and, at least in the case of prostate surgeries and hysterectomies, there’s no evidence they do a better job, yet as National Public Radio put it, “it’s hard to resist a robot.” Especially for older men. Even though most medical associations have warned men with early stage prostate cancer not to rush into unneeded treatment – like surgery or radiation that could leave them incontinent or impotent  – older men are increasingly choosing expensive new treatments, …