da Vinci Surgical Robot May Cause Post-Surgery Injuries
The da Vinci Surgical System produced by Intuitive Surgical Systems is currently under investigation for causing post-surgical injuries, that are in some cases fatal. The manufacturer issued a statement on May 8, 2013 warning hospitals of an “urgent medical device notification” in which Intuitive Surgical Systems “identified a potential issue” with the mechanical surgical equipment. Franklin D. Azar & Associates, P.C. is now accepting cases regarding this potentially harmful medical technology.
What is robotic surgery?
The da Vinci Robot was designed for “surgeons to perform delicate and complex operations through a few tiny incisions with increased vision, precision, dexterity and control” using a console to virtually conduct surgery by controlling robotic arms. The robotic surgery system was approved by the FDA in 2000. Reports of injuries suffered as a result of surgery involving the da Vinci Surgical Robot continue to surface.
What types of surgery are performed with the da Vinci Surgical System?
The types of operations the medical device has been used for are prostate removal, hysterectomies, gall bladder surgery, throat cancer, kidney cancer, coronary artery disease, endometriosis, and obesity surgery, among others. Side effects that can occur after undergoing surgery performed using the da Vinci Robot include tears, burns and perforations to arteries and organs; punctured blood vessels or ureters; severe bowel injuries; vaginal cuff dehiscence; excessive bleeding and sometimes can even lead to death. Despite the resulting injuries from using the da Vinci Robot, it continues to be used in hospitals.
The source of the damage caused by the medical device are “micro cracks” detected in the curved scissors of some models used for incisions that can create “a pathway for electrosurgical energy to leak into tissue during use and potentially cause thermal injury.”
Contact Franklin D. Azar & Associates, P.C. for da Vinci Robotic Surgery Injuries
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or complications associated with surgery using the da Vinci Surgical System, fill out a free case evaluation and contact Franklin D. Azar & Associates, P.C. personal injury attorneys today to help ease this difficult process and get you the compensation you deserve.