The future is now for patients undergoing surgeries performed by robots. Robotic surgery has been around since 1998–when a German patient at the Leipzig Heart Center underwent minimally invasive surgery performed by a robot.
In robotic surgery, the robot’s movements are controlled remotely by a human surgeon who sits at a console that features a magnified 3D high-definition view of the surgical site.
According to the promoters of da Vinci, a robotic surgical system made by the American company Intuitive Surgical, the benefits for patients with robotic surgery include feeling less pain, experiencing shorter recovery time, and–depending on the operation–less blood loss, because apparently a robotic arm is more precise, has greater range of motion and, unlike a human hand, does not tremble.
So far, Intuitive Surgical has sold more than 2,500 surgery robots to hospitals all over the world and enjoyed revenues in excess of $2 billion last year alone. Since going public just 13 years ago at $9 a share, Intuitive’s stock price has soared above $500 a share, making its current market value over $20 billion.
MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY (MIS)
Minimally Invasive Surgeries performed by da Vinci robots are those where a small incision is used, rather than a larger zipper-like opening. So far, more than 1.5 million MIS operations using the da Vinci robot have been performed, ranging from abdominal general surgery and gynecology procedures to thoracic and lung operations.
ROBOTIC SURGERY DANGERS
In May, Intuitive issued an “urgent medical device notification” to doctors, hospitals, and the FDA that it had “identified a potential issue” with one of the robot’s instruments that causes internal burning. According to the notice, invisible micro-cracks in the robot’s curved scissors, called “hot shears,” were found to leak electricity that can burn patients. Read da Vinci’s Safety Notice here.
ROBOTIC SURGERY DANGERS
According to Intuitive, the dangers of undergoing a robotic surgery include the following:
- Injury to tissues or organs
- Internal scarring
- Temporary pain
- Nerve damage
Those symptoms can occur as a result of human error, mechanical failure, or both.
ROBOTIC SURGERY CLAIMS AND LAWSUITS
In the last year, there has been a sharp rise in the number of complaints and lawsuits against da Vinci, claiming injuries and deaths. According to CNBC, there have been at least 10 cases filed in the last two years.
Currently, our botched robotic surgery lawyers are investigating claims by people who have been hurt while undergoing the following types of surgery:
- Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery (CABG)
- da Vinci Colectomy
- da Vinci Low Anterior Resection
- Bariatric Surgery
- Heller Myotomy (for patients with difficulty swallowing)
- Cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal surgery)
- Gynecological surgery
- Head and neck surgery (throat cancer procedures known as TORS)
- Thoracic surgery (performed on organs and tissues in chest cavity, such as lungs).
- Urologic surgery (bladder, kidney and prostate cancer)
FREE CONSULTATION FOR DA VINCI ROBOTIC SURGERY CLAIMS
If you have undergone a surgery performed with a da Vinci robot or are not sure, but have experienced a problem or complication after your surgery, contact the experienced surgery malpractice lawyers in our office today for a free initial consultation. We offer all of our clients the same promise–we will not accept a fee unless we are successful in resolving your case for money.
We accept cases from injured patients who live across the country. We are focused and passionate about holding manufacturers of medical devices like da Vinci responsible when their products hurt or kill people. Email me, Spencer Aronfeld, our call us today at 305-441-0440 or Toll Free at 1-866-597-4529; we are ready to help you.