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da Vinci Robotic System Attorneys | Romanucci & Blandin

The da Vinci Surgical System is a robotic machine that is used in a few hospitals throughout the country. It is utilized during procedures that need microscopic precision. Since the incisions are very small, patients are left with minimal scarring. Intuitive Surgical Systems produced this system, and they are under investigation because of the post-operative complications and injuries patients have developed, which have been fatal on occasion. On May 8, 2013, the manufacturer of the product delivered a warning to hospitals of a potential issue the surgical equipment posed.

The FDA approved robotic surgery in 2000. The da Vinci Robot increased precision, control and dexterity and is used conducts surgery virtually by controlling robotic arms. Injuries and fatalities continue to be reported as a result of surgeries that have used the da Vinci Surgical Robot.

Surgeries that have performed with the da Vinci Surgical System

There are various types of operations that the da Vinci robot has been used for, which include:

  • Prostate removal
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Obesity surgery
  • Hysterectomies
  • Gall bladder surgery
  • Throat and kidney cancer

Some patients have suffered from side effects after a surgery in which the da Vinci Robot was used, including:

  • Tears, burns and perforations to arteries and organs
  • Severe bowel injuries
  • Vaginal cuff dehiscence
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Punctured blood vessels or ureters
  • Death

Despite the serious injuries and fatalities that have been caused by this equipment, hospitals continue to use them for surgeries. Micro cracks have been determined as the source of the damage that these devices cause, and these cracks have been detected in some of the models curved scissors that are used to make incisions.

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