Review Casts More Doubts on da Vinci Surgical RobotAug 27, 2013
Medscape.com has recently published a review of robotic-assisted surgeries using the da Vinci Surgical Robot.
A spike in use of the da Vinci Surgical Robot, especially for new procedures, has accompanied a rise in injuries linked to use of the surgical robot.
You’ll recall based on our reports that the da Vinci Surgical Robot is the only robotic surgeon approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in soft-tissue surgery. The da Vinci Surgical Robot is manufactured by Intuitive Surgical Inc. The company is currently facing a growing number of lawsuits filed by people who underwent a robotic-assisted surgery and suffered serious injuries they blame on the robotic surgeon.
The da Vinci Surgical Robot has been approved for use in several procedures and is used most often for prostatectomies and hysterectomies. As more hospitals purchase a da Vinci Surgical Robot, they are quick to put them to use, according to our reports.
Medscape.com’s review was analyzed by HealthNewsReview.org. Editors there noted that the Medscape review found several existing and potential issues with robotic-assisted surgery.
Issues with the training program, or lack thereof, on the da Vinci Surgical Robot: One urologist surgeon noted in a Medscape.com interview that there is no standard training program for surgeons who intend to use the da Vinci Surgical Robot.
Earlier this year, the President of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology warned that there are currently no benefits to having a hysterectomy procedure using the da Vinci Surgical Robot.
Based on our reports, this goes against Intuitive Surgical’s marketing effort, which touts a quicker recovery time and better clinical outcomes when a hysterectomy is performed using the da Vinci Surgical Robot.
There is also little benefit to using the da Vinci Surgical Robot in urological surgeries, such as a prostatectomy. The review also found that there is currently little evidence that supports using the da Vinci Surgical Robot in any general procedure.
Our previous reports show that some common injuries linked to use of the da Vinci Surgical Robot are burns and tears of the intestines, punctured blood vessels that cause excessive bleeding, bowel injuries, and even some reports of death.