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Intuitive Surgical benefits from rise in surgeries

A surgeon views a three-dimensional image on a da Vinci Xi Surgical System made by Intuitive Surgical during a demonstrated of the surgery robot at the Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California December 3, 2014.

Intuitive Surgical Inc (ISRG.O), which makes robotic equipment to assist in surgeries, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, benefiting from increasing use of its flagship da Vinci systems and a lower tax rate.

The company also said it expects its equipment will be used in more surgeries this year than it had forecast earlier, helping send its shares up nearly 8 percent in extended trading on Tuesday.

Intuitive's da Vinci systems, which assists primarily in minimally invasive gynecological and urological surgeries, was used in 15 percent more surgeries globally in the third...