Robotic surgeries are on the rise, with the majority of these cutting-edge procedures being performed safely and successfully by experienced surgeons. Unfortunately, as the use of robotic surgery machines continues to climb, so are the instances of patients suffering serious harm, occasionally even fatal injury, because of them.
At the forefront of the robotic surgery movement is the da Vinci Surgical System. Featuring a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny surgical instruments capable of bending and rotating at greater angles than the human wrist, the da Vinci System was designed to allow surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity, and control. Most commonly used during hysterectomies, prostate and urological surgeries, the da Vinci System also allows for smaller incisions and less bleeding than is typical during traditional open surgery.
To date, the da Vinci Surgical System has been sold to more than 2,000 hospitals and assisted in more than 1.5 million surgical procedures.
However, recent reports of patient complications allegedly caused by inadequate training, surgical negligence and malfunctioning equipment now threaten Intuitive Surgical, the creators of the da Vinci System.
While a claim of inadequate training on the part of Intuitive Surgical was recently defeated by a Washington state jury, a flaw in the design of the da Vinci System has generated heightened scrutiny from the media, legal and medical communities.
Following a complaint from an injured patient, Intuitive Surgical released an “Urgent Medical Device Notification” in May 2013 stating that “micro-cracks” in some models of Intuitive’s monopolar curved scissors can cause leaks that “may create a pathway for electrosurgical energy to leak to tissue during use and potentially cause thermal injury.”
In recent months, CNBC and NBC News released similar stories highlighting this long-term durability issue. Several lawsuits have since been filed citing this defect as the cause of medical complications allegedly suffered following a surgical procedure performed with the assistance of the da Vinci System. Intuitive Surgical is currently contesting all lawsuits, disputing it is liable for related injuries.
Ward Black Law is currently investigating da Vinci surgical complications and da Vinci surgery problem claims. If you or your loved one has suffered from adverse health effects following a surgical procedure performed with the assistance of the da Vinci Surgical System, you may be entitled to pursue a claim with the manufacturer, your physician or hospital for damages.
For a free and confidential case evaluation, contact the robotic injury attorneys at Ward Black Law today. Our experienced attorneys and staff are standing by to answer your questions, evaluate your case and discuss your rights and potential claim. Call or text us today at 800-531-9191.
4/9/13 – Surgical robot da Vinci scrutinized by FDA after deaths, other surgical nightmares – NY Daily News
4/23/13 – Gynecologists Question Use of Robotic Surgery For Hysterectomies – NPR
5/10/13 – Intuitive Surgical Flags ‘Potential Issue’ With Robot – CNBC
6/12/13 – Robotic injuries on the rise, but are there risks? – NBC News
6/14/13 – Electrical burns may burst surgical robot’s bubble – NBC News Health