March 14, 2013

Defective Medical Device: Da Vinci Surgical Robots

by Michael R. Zangara, Esq.

The Da Vinci Surgical Robot, manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, Inc., is used in several medical specialties including: Urology, Gynecology, Cardiothoracic, Colorectal, Head & Neck, and General Surgery. Specifically, the Da Vinci Surgical Robot has been used for hysterectomies, prostate removal surgeries, gastric bypasses, gall bladder removals, and thyroid cancer surgeries. Unfortunately, numerous Da Vinci Surgical Robot procedures have led to lawsuits claiming patients have suffered serious life threatening injuries, and in some cases death. Said injuries include, but are not limited to, the following: peritonitis, sepsis, bleeding, perforated/punctured blood vessels, organs or arteries, burned/torn intestines, bowel injuries, bladder and ureteral injuries, and vascular injuries.
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The Da Vinci Surgical Robot was designed as a minimally invasive way for surgeons to perform certain surgeries. One of the primary benefits was its ability to provide surgeons a greater range of motion with the use of a joystick-like control. However, compared to surgery performed by hand, many physicians are uncertain as to the benefits of the procedure. Specifically, the Da Vinci Surgical Robot has many significant disadvantages. Primarily, the sensory feedback upon which surgeons rely is gone. The Robot cannot discern whether body parts are firm, bony, soft, or hard. Without this information, the wrong body part may be accidentally cut. Studies have indicated that on average the robotic surgery takes longer and subject patients are more likely to have post-surgical complications. Moreover, as a result of the Da Vinci’s modernistic approach, many physicians lack the required training, and are permitted to use the machine unsupervised after only a few training sessions.

Of the many Da Vinci Surgical Robot lawsuits filed over the past few years, some have alleged defective and flawed designs, while others pertain to medical malpractice and physician error. Therefore, if you or a loved one has suffered any of the foregoing injuries as a result of a Da Vinci Robotic procedure, please contact one of David J. Halberg, P.A.’s South Florida medical device litigation attorneys.

Our office offers free consultations and will assist you in determining whether you are eligible to file a personal injury or products liability claim, and thus entitled to monetary compensation.

Patients may suffer irreversible damage as a result of the Da Vinci Robot Surgery, and the longer patients wait to have their potential case reviewed, the more permanent and damaging the effects can become. Therefore, if you wish to discuss your concerns regarding the Da Vinci Robot Surgery please feel free to call our medical device litigation lawyers.

David J. Halberg, P.A. has offices in both Miami and West Palm Beach, Florida. In Miami, our office can be reached at 305.670.8333. Our West Palm Beach office can be reached by calling 1.877.670.8333. David J. Halberg, P.A. has offices in both Miami and West Palm Beach, Florida. In Miami, our office can be reached at 305.670.8333. Our West Palm Beach office can be reached by calling 1.877.670.8333.