Intuitive Surgical first-quarter profit jumps

April 18 Thu Apr 18, 2013 4:19pm EDT

April 18 (Reuters) - Intuitive Surgical Inc on Thursday reported much higher first-quarter profit as sales of its da Vinci surgical robots and procedures using the high-priced machines increased during the period.

Intuitive posted a net profit of $189 million, or $4.56 per share, compared with a profit of $144 million, or $3.50 per share, a year earlier.

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