Developing a Robotic Surgery Program
Successful implementation of a robotic surgery platform can result in increased value for patients, surgeons, and the institution, but building a robotic surgery program is a challenging endeavor that requires a multidisciplinary team. A steering committee is essential because coordinated efforts are required at different levels. Some of the committee’s duties include defining goals, writing institutional guidelines, credentialing and privileging surgeons, coordinating the multidisciplinary robotic team, and educating the community. Robotic surgery is expanding and sooner or later will be available at most surgical institutions. The success of these programs will depend mainly on the commitment of the team and strong leadership from the steering committee.
KeywordsRobotic surgery Steering committee Surgeon credentialing Outcomes Cost-effectiveness
We thank Amy Plofker, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center editor, for the editorial input.
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