Da Vinci Robot Injury

davincirobotlawsuitIf you or a loved one fell victim to a robotic surgery injury after undergoing a procedure aided by the da Vinci Surgical System, you are not alone. The NBC news program, Rock Center reported in June that approximately 200 bad robot surgery complications—including 89 patient deaths—stemming from use of the remote-controlled device had been filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2007. In 2012, the article indicated that over 400,000 operations were performed robotically.

If you suffered burns or tears to arteries, organ damage, cuts, infection or another robotic surgery injury that may have stemmed from use of Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci Surgical System, don’t hesitate in calling a lawyer who can help you file a claim against the manufacturer. A growing number of da Vinci robot injury lawsuits have already been filed in the U.S. by patients seeking compensation for out-of-pocket medical expenses as well as any lost wages incurred by their injuries.

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Da Vinci Surgery Injury Reports Grow with Range of Procedures Aided by Robot

Since the da Vinci Surgical System was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 to offer surgeons a greater range of movement in urologic, laparascopic and gynecologic surgeries, the da Vinci robot has been installed in over 2,000 hospitals. The number of robotic procedures has also grown dramatically in the U.S.; as the remote-controlled device is now used in hysterectomies, thyroid and prostate cancer procedures as well as heart surgeries, according to a recent report from Bloomberg.com. However, the number of da Vinci robot injury reports filed with the FDA has also grown. In 2009, the agency logged 24 adverse event reports stemming from the da Vinci Surgical System; and by 2012 that number had reached 115.

According to a recent report from CNBC.com that cited specific FDA-filed complaints filed over the da Vinci Surgical System, one woman who underwent a hysterectomy on Jan 2, 2013 experienced a situation where the robot’s “arm jumped, causing the instrument … to stab an artery, which led to some bleeding that the surgeon was able to control without converting the procedure. The scheduled procedure was completed successfully.”

A mounting number of da Vinci surgery injury lawsuit filings allege the following complications may stem from use of the surgery robot:

  • Burns to tissue, blood vessels, arteries or organs
  • Tears to tissue, blood vessels, arteries or organs
  • Dehincenses (ruptures) of organs that allow fluids to leak
  • Internal Bleeding Fistulas or abnormal connections created between organs or vessels
  • Sepsis
  • Infections
  • Bowel damage
  • Cut ureters Bowel damage
  • Damage to intestines
  • Death

Claims filed against Intuitive allege these complications often require emergency surgery to correct, and may result in a patient being forced to undergo multiple procedures.

The price of the da Vinci Surgery Robot is tagged between $1 million and $2.25 million, and annual maintenance fees weigh in at around $140,000 per year, according to Bloomberg.com.

Da Vinci Surgery Injury Allegedly Caused by Robotic Hysterectomies

It is estimated that in the U.S., approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed each year to surgically remove a woman’s uterus. Traditionally, this type of procedure is performed via open surgical methods, but a growing number of women are undergoing robotic hysterectomies using the da Vinci Surgical System. According to the company, the remote-controlled arms and high-powered camera allow a doctor greater visibility.

However, more and more patients are filing da Vinci robot injury lawsuits alleging:

  • Vaginal cuff dehiscence
  • Punctured blood vessels
  • Bladder injuries
  • Tears and/or burns of the intestines
  • Cut ureters
  • Severe bowel injuries
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Death

Lawsuits Allege Robotic Prostatectomy May Result in da Vinci Surgical Robot Injury

Conversely, more and more men with low-grade prostate cancer are opting to undergo prostatectomies, which are categorized by the surgical removal of the prostate gland, using the surgery robot. According to Intuitive, approximately 73,000 men in the U.S. who underwent a prostatectomy in 2009 were exposed to the da Vinci Surgical System. That number encompasses 86 percent of the prostatectomies performed in the country.

A rising number of men who underwent robotic prostatectomies using the da Vinci Surgical System allegedly suffered the following injuries:

  • Bladder injuries
  • Tears and/or burns of the intestines
  • Punctured blood vessels
  • Cut ureters
  • Severe bowel injuries
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Impotence
  • Incontinence
  • Loss of quality of life
  • Death

A June 26th report from NPR.org published the findings of a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that found prostate procedures using the da Vinci Surgical System grew from 32 percent to 44 percent between 2004 and 2009 in men with low-grade prostate cancer. For men who were older or in poor health, the frequency of da Vinci robot surgeries also nearly doubled from 13 percent to 24 percent, research indicated.

If You Or A Loved One Suffered Injuries Due To A Robot Assisted Surgery Get Help Here