The Bottom Line
In my opinion, Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) would not have gotten this far if the benefits of the da Vinci system had not been proven. There are a very large number of detailed reports that confirm the benefits and I believe that they are valid. Also, the large number of hospitals that have purchased the da Vinci systems would not make this level of investment without doing extensive research to verify the effectiveness and the benefits of the da Vinci system.
Regardless of the outcome of the investigation by U.S. Regulators, I believe that Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) will survive and become a stronger company. However, even one incident resulting in death is too many and if the da Vinci is proven to be the cause some of these incidents, they should and will be held liable. If the da Vinci system is the reason for any incidents, a positive outcome would be corrective actions that result in a reduced number of incidents in the future. Surgery is always dangerous and as with conventional surgery there will be incidents. However, I believe that the da Vinci system will continue to be the safest, quickest and least painful form of surgery.
As with any stock, Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) has some risks associated due to the pending investigation. I believe that the long term rewards outweigh these risks and that now is a good time to consider opening or adding to a position in Intuitive Surgical.
The article An Attractive Time to Invest in Robotic Surgery originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by Greg Williamson.
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