No matter how you slice it, two things are for certain: The robot is here to stay in some capacity and its use continues to be a controversial topic across the board. By the time I developed statements for this issue, I had enough for two parts.

So welcome to Part 1 of surgical robotics. As you peruse this column, you’ll learn that the answer to that question, according to some of the most talented minimally invasive surgeons around, is actually “quite a bit” in some areas of