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Have you or a loved one suffered serious injuries from a da Vinci Surgical Robot? The da Vinci Surgical Robot has been associated with serious injuries, including tears, burns and perforations to arteries and organs. In some instances, these da Vinci Surgical Robot injuries have allegedly led to death. Yet despite its risks, the da Vinci Surgical Robot is increasingly used by hospitals to perform prostate removal hysterectomies and other surgeries, and was cleared by U.S. regulators in 2011 for use in gall bladder removal surgery.

On May 8, 2013, Intuitive Surgical issued an "Urgent Medical Device Notification" to its customers warning about a "potential issue" with some of the curved scissors used with da Vinci. According to the Notification, the EndoWrist Hot Shears Monopolar Curved Scissors (MCS) can develop cracks. These cracks "may create a pathway for electrosurgical energy to leak to tissue during use and potentially cause thermal injury." In other words, a potential defect with one of these surgical tools may cause burns to a patient during surgery. The company noted one case of an injury associated with its MCS that was shown to have such micro cracks, although an electrosurgical leakage was not reported. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was alerted about the action.

The defective medical device lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP are investigating da Vinci Surgical Robot injuries, including:
  • Burns and/or tears of the intestines
  • Punctured blood vessels or ureters
  • Severe bowel injuries
  • Vaginal cuff dehiscence
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Death

We are offering free legal evaluations to anyone who underwent prostate removal, hysterectomies, gall bladder surgery, or any other surgery that involved the da Vinci Surgical Robot and suffered a serious, life-threatening injury. To discuss your case and protect your legal rights, we urge you to contact our da Vinci Surgical Robot injury lawyers today.

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The da Vinci surgical robot is manufactured by Intuitive Surgery, and was approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 for use in urologic, laparoscopic, gynecologic and non-cardiovascular thoracoscopic surgical procedures and thoracoscopically assisted cardiotomy procedures. According to marketing materials for the device, the da Vinci Surgical Robot has been used in surgical procedures for:

  • Kidney cancer and other kidney disorders
  • Prostate removal
  • Throat cancer
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Endometriosis
  • Heavy uterine bleeding
  • Obesity surgery

The da Vinci Surgical Robot has four arms: Three for surgical instruments, and a fourth with an endoscopic camera.
The remote controlled robot gives a surgeon more range of motion than the human hand, and promises less invasive surgery a smaller incision and reduced recovery time.

Several lawsuits filed against Intuitive Surgical over alleged da Vinci Surgical Robot injuries claim surgeons are not receiving enough training on the device - in some instances only a two-day course - before they use the robot unassisted.

da Vinci Surgical Robot lawsuits also allege that design flaws in the device, specifically its reliance on monopolar energy, increase the risk for surgical burns. This design can create an electrical current which jumps from the instrument to the body part, causing a burn. Other lawsuits allege that burns have occurred because of failure of the da Vinci Robot's insulating barriers.

Many da Vinci robot injuries are not apparent during or immediately after surgery. This can delay treatment for internal injuries, and eventually lead to death.

Legal Help for Victims of da Vinci Surgical Robot Injuries

If you or a loved one suffered surgical burns, perforated or torn organs, or torn blood vessels because of the da Vinci Surgical Robot, you may have valuable legal rights. To learn more about filing a da Vinci Surgical Robot lawsuit, please fill out our online form, or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529).


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Robotic Prostate Surgery: Volume and Complications

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Another Study Raises Skepticism about Intuitive Surgical Robot

Aug 13, 2014
Once again, Intuitive Surgical has been faced with a study that fails to support the use of its da Vinci surgical robot. The study, published Thursday in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), found that the rate of complications was similar between bladder cancer patients who had their bladders removed robotically and those who underwent a traditional invasive open procedure. To conduct the study, 118 patients were randomly assigned to undergo an open or robotic surgery to have their...

da Vinci Ad May Violate University Code of Conduct, State Law

Feb 19, 2014
A recent advertisement for the da Vinci surgical robot system has caused controversy and led to a number of questions about hospital-industry relationships. The ad, which appeared in The New York Times Magazine, showed the surgery team at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System with the headline “We believe in da Vinci surgery because our patients benefit.” Former Beth Israel Deaconess hospital administrator Paul Levy has drawn a considerable amount of...

Injuries Associated with da Vinci Robotic Surgery System Unreported, Review Finds

Dec 30, 2013
Intuitive Surgical Inc.’s da Vinci robot continues to be the focus of controversy. This time, unreported injuries that have left some patients with long-term, sometimes permanent, health issues. In one case, a one a 45-year-old woman told that she underwent a hysterectomy earlier this year, unaware that that the da Vinci system had been tied to a number of injuries involving hysterectomy. The woman alleges that her rectum was badly burned and said that she is now on...

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