The ethics of robotic surgical systems is a conversation of informed consent

Sean C. Wightman, Elizabeth A. David, Scott M. Atay, Anthony W. Kim, Peter Angelos

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Surgeons’ and patients’ fascination with and desire for innovation have driven robotic techniques to be fully integrated into the armamentarium of thoracic surgery. The ethical considerations for use of the robotic system are numerous; although not all are unique to robotic systems. Many of the ethical issues are summarized in a thorough and complete informed consent conversation. Outside of standard components to the informed consent conversation, surgeons utilizing the robotic system must cover common patient robotic misconceptions, the surgeon’s own robotic experience, how access to robotic systems may effect operation timing, and if the robotic system is used due to the surgeon’s preference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number24
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalVideo-Assisted Thoracic Surgery
Issue numberseptember
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Ethics
  • Informed consent
  • Robotic surgery
  • Thoracic surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Computer Science Applications


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