Intuitive Surgical debuts new robotic surgery machine

As the Da Vinci Xi picks up speed, will this be a game-changer for the stock?

By Motley Fool Investor Beat Apr 2, 2014 4:14PM
Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) has now released its fourth-generation robotic surgery machine, the Da Vinci Xi. It's the first new product the company has released in a couple years, and in this video from Wednesday's Stock of the Day, Motley Fool analyst Simon Erickson tells investors why he thinks it could be a major driver for the stock from here.

Not only is this next generation machine easier for surgeons to use, Simon also sees the da Vinci Xi as having a flexibility of motion that allows the machine to be capable of a wider range of general surgery procedures. Previously Intuitive's machines were somewhat limited on what they could handle; this new wider range of applications is what Simon sees as the game-changer.
But is the stock a buy at these prices? Simon still thinks so. Here he discusses what he loves about the company's management and its revenues, and why he continues to see it as a buy today.Image: Surgery © Corbis

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Apr 2, 2014 5:26PM
It's not really "robotic" any more than a remote-controlled model car or airplane is "robotic". Maybe the company thinks they justify high prices by using the term, but they open the door for ambulance-chasing lawyers to use the misunderstanding to get clients to sue anytime their results are not perfect. So where no lawyer would try to sue a scalpel-maker when a surgery was unsatisfactory, they can sue a "robot" maker that botched the job. Along with, or instead of, suing the surgeon. It's sad because the smaller incisions required for this mean weeks less of convalescence and pain, and it's likely to get more expensive because of "lawyerfication".
Apr 2, 2014 5:18PM
Doubt it. I'll take a steady surgeon's hand with his mind on his work instead of his financial dealings over a loser operating a machine and his/her mind devoid of anything other than wealth and... so, how much longer is this going to take? I've got things to do...
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