Robotic surgery has been promoted as a minimally-invasive, superior alternative to traditional surgery (especially for hysterectomies and prostatectomies. Unfortunately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received nearly 5,000 reports of robotic surgery problems associated with the Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System. Problems can include life-threatening surgical mistakes, internal bleeding, organ damage, burns, electrocution, and more.
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What is the Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System?
The Da Vinci Robotic Surgery System was developed by Intuitive Surgical, Inc., and approved by the FDA in 2000. When it was approved, the Da Vinci System was the first surgical robot approved for general laparoscopic surgery in the United States. Unlike traditional surgery, which uses large incisions, laparoscopic surgery is performed through 1-2 cm “keyhole” incisions. The Da Vinci’s four robotic arms are controlled by a surgeon who looks into a 3D viewfinder while moving specially-designed foot-pedals and joysticks. The manufacturer claims that the Da Vinci can improve a surgeon’s precision, which can reduce the patient’s pain, bleeding, and recovery time.
Studies of Robotic Surgery Problems
Unfortunately, researchers who have studied robotic surgery problems have found striking evidence of increased risks, a lack of benefit for the patient compared to traditional surgery, and significantly increased costs.
Studies of robotic surgery problems include:
- This study published in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in February 2013 found that the rate of robot-assisted hysterectomies increased from 0.5% to 9.5% between 2007 and 2010. However, robotic surgery problems were approximately equal to traditional surgery, but the patients paid more than $2,189 more for the procedure.
- This study published by the American Society of Clinical Oncology specifically warned that men with prostate cancer who had their prostate removed (prostatectomy) “should not expect fewer adverse effects following robotic prostatectomy.”
- This study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology in August 2009 found increased risks of extremely severe robotic surgery problems after hysterectomies, including vaginal cuff dehiscence and bowel evisceration (disembowelment) through vaginal incisions.
Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Problems
If you or your family member has suffered any of the following robotic surgery problems, you may qualify for a robotic surgery lawsuit:
- Surgical mistakes
- Burns, electrocutions
- Tears and lacerated tissue, organs, blood vessels
- Organ perforation
- Internal bleeding
- Need for additional surgery
- Wrongful death of your family member
- And more
Do I Have a Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in robotic surgery lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new lawsuits in all 50 states.
Free Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured by robotic surgery problems, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.