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Evolution of robot-assisted general surgery in Greece and Cyprus

  • Argyrios Ioannidis
  • Nikolaos Machairas
  • Christos Koutserimpas
  • Eleftherios Spartalis
  • Michael Konstantinidis
  • Konstantinos Konstantinidis
Brief Communication

Abstract

Robot-assisted general surgery in Greece and Cyprus coincided with a devastating financial crisis. We hereby present the evolution of the technology in this unwelcoming environment, using data provided to us by the official distributor of the Da Vinci platform in these countries.

Keywords

Robotic surgery Robot-assisted surgery Financial crisis Robotic general surgery 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Sofmedica Hellas for providing the data used in this article.

Compliance with ethical standards

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Conflict of interest

Konstantinos Konstantinidis is a teaching proctor for Intuitive Surgical. Argyrios Ioannidis, Nikolaos Machairas, Christos Koutserimpas, Eleftherios Spartalis, and Michael Konstantinidis declare no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of General, Bariatric, Laparoscopic and Robotic SurgeryAthens Medical CenterAthensGreece
  2. 2.3rd Department of Surgery, Medical School, Attikon University HospitalNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece
  3. 3.Laboratory of Experimental Surgery and Surgical Research, Medical SchoolNational and Kapodistrian University of AthensAthensGreece

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