• Da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuit Info

03/20/2014

da Vinci Surgical Robot Investor Lawsuit Alleges Misleading Statements by Intuitive Surgical

da Vinci Robot Investor Lawsuit

A lawsuit in California claims Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the maker of the da Vinci Surgical System, misled shareholders about defects with the robotic device, which has been linked to over 70 deaths and numerous other injuries. The lawsuit, brought by the Public School Teachers’ Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago, claims that Intuitive Surgical made false statements about the da Vinci system’s safety and misled shareholders about internally-known safety defects in the system that were injuring patients.  By concealing this information... Read More
12/02/2013

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Lawsuits May Prompt Heightened Hospital Training

Robotic surgery has been marketed to patients as a safer way to go under-the-knife than more conventional surgeries.  However, the rising number of deaths and serious injuries linked to the robotic systems is not only fueling patient lawsuits, but putting the pressure on hospitals to better train doctors in the use of these devices. The “da Vinci” Surgical System is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to allow surgeons to make fewer, smaller, and more precise incisions when performing surgery on patients... Read More
08/28/2013

Da Vinci Robot Deployment Impact On Hospital Administration

A new whitepaper has recently been issued discussing the pros and cons of robotic surgery using the da Vinci surgical robot.* The author of the whitepaper, Hospital Administration Experts Arthur Shorr and Associates, claims to be among the nation’s leading authorities on the da Vinci surgical robot.** With regard to the benefits of the da Vinci surgical robot, Shorr explains that having a robot and using it in surgery increases a hospital’s competitive advantage.* Some of the first hospitals to implement... Read More
08/16/2013

Da Vinci Prostatectomy Risks

The da Vinci surgical robot has been lauded by many because of its use in many minimally invasive procedures, including but not limited to, hysterectomies and prostatectomies. Compared to traditional open surgeries, robotically-assisted surgeries can be less invasive, which leads to an overall faster healing process and, sometimes, less discomfort. In an open prostate removal surgery, the physician would make an incision below the belly button.* Later, the surgeries began to be performed laparoscopically, where the surgeon would make many tiny... Read More
08/07/2013

Da Vinci Surgery Allegedly Leaves Broken Instrument in Patient

Intuitive Surgical continues to remain the subject of much discussion because of injuries caused by the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System and its component parts. Of particular concern have been the burns and electrocutions that have seriously injured patients undergoing surgery with the assistance of the robot and its tools. Such burns have resulted in organ damage, infection, and severe bleeding, among other complications. Risk of electrocution and tissue burns are not the only ways in which patients are being harmed... Read More
07/31/2013

da Vinci Robot Litigation Weighs on Intuitive Projections

Intuitive Surgical has suffered quite a bit of negative publicity recently due to the problems with its da Vinci robotic surgery system and its component parts. Indeed, Intuitive Surgical even recalled its surgical shears in recent months when it came to light that there may have been a risk of serious injury to patients undergoing robotic surgery due to the risk of electrocution and tissue burns. Additionally, there have been instances in which doctors have been inadequately prepared to utilize... Read More
07/18/2013

da Vinci Robot Cited by FDA For Possible Inadequate Testing

Audet and Partners, LLP, reports that the United States Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") has issued a Class 2 recall of 30 da Vinci systems.* The recall, issued to da Vinci's manufacturer, Intuitive Surgical on July 11, 2013, states that these systems may have been inadequately tested prior to deployment in hospitals and medical practices throughout the United States.* A spokeswoman for Intuitive Surgical stated in response to the recall notice that "one piece of equipment wasn't recording results properly."* A Class... Read More
07/10/2013

Da Vinci Robot Investigated by FDA

Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the daVinci surgical robot, has found itself in new hot water recently. In addition to the multitude of lawsuits and at least one recall of its surgical shears, the medical device company was recently investigated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).* Intuitive Surgical claims that it has taken the FDA investigative report very seriously and has “implemented corrective actions.”** The FDA investigation comes in the wake of a 34% increase in the number... Read More
06/20/2013

Da Vinci Robot Replacement Scissors Shipped By Intuitive Surgical

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After previously announcing problems with the EndoWrist surgical scissors used in conjunction with the da Vinci surgical robot, Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the robot and the scissors, has shipped its newest version of the surgical shears.* According to one report, the EndoWrist Monopolar Curved Scissors have been redesigned to ensure that microcracks do not form.** The microcracks in the earlier version of the scissors had the potential to cause serious and life-threatening complications during da Vinci-assisted surgery.** Intuitive Surgical admitted... Read More
06/12/2013

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Guidelines Developed for Surgeons

Medical checklists have been the subject of much discussion in recent years. One need only look to books such as “The Checklist Manifesto” by Dr. Atul Gawande or “Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor's Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out” by Dr. Peter Provonost and Eric Vohr. These checklists have grown in importance in light of problems with medical devices such as the da Vinci surgical robot and its component parts.  In a paper... Read More