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Comment & Response
October 8, 2019

Issues in the Adoption of Robotic Surgery—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy, Ann Arbor, Michigan
JAMA. 2019;322(14):1414-1415. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.12188

In Reply Our Viewpoint discussing the adoption of robotic surgery in the United States was intended to facilitate important conversations.1 We agree with Dr Curet that a combination of regulators (FDA), innovators (Intuitive), and clinical leaders are all necessary to ensure that existing safeguards are effective. The FDA’s medical device approval process will rely on the early experience of Intuitive as new companies enter the robotic surgical market in years to come.