DaVinci robot sales slide; fewer hysterectomies but more general surgery use

The DaVinci robot adopted by local hospitals has seen a plunge in sales as the manufacturer reports fewer hysterectomies and robotic procedures overall, though gerneral surgeries using it have risen. Surgeons at Sentara Norfolk General, Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Bon Secours De Paul in Norfolk and Maryview in Portsmouth all use the four-armed da Vinci surgical system, which allows for minimally invasive procedures in place of "open" surgeries. It is primarily used for prostatectomy, nephrectomy, gallbladder removal and hysterectomy; it can also be used for repairing heart valves, weight-loss surgery and transplanting organs.

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