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DaVinci Surgical Robot Injury Lawyers


Machines are only as effective as the people operating them and though a surgeon might be highly skilled, he or she cannot safely perform a da Vinci operation without proper training. Since the technology is relatively new, no standardized guidelines exist on training or credentialing for use of the DaVinci. If you have experienced injury from the DaVinci Surgical Robot, please contact us today.

Machines are only as effective as the people operating them and though a surgeon might be highly skilled, he or she cannot safely perform a da Vinci operation without proper training. Since the technology is relatively new, no standardized guidelines exist on training or credentialing for use of the DaVinci. If you have experienced injury from the DaVinci Surgical Robot, please contact us today.

Uses of the Da Vinci Surgical Robot

Uses of the Da Vinci Surgical Robot

When the da Vinci surgical robot first came on the scene, it appeared to be the dawn of a new era. Its manufacturer, Intuitive Surgical, promised that the da Vinci would enhance surgeons’ precision during operations and improve outcomes for patients.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the device was quickly adopted. Since 2007, the worldwide use of surgical robots has tripled.

Indeed, the da Vinci is an impressive piece of engineering; the surgeon sits behind the surgical robot, controlling its four arms, and monitoring the procedure on a screen. Three arms hold tools to make incisions, and the fourth is attached to an endoscope for the surgeon to see inside a patient’s body.

 

Uses of the Da Vinci Surgical Robot

Machine Uses

The machine has a variety of applications, as it can accomplish much finer movements than human hands. At first, it was mainly used for cardiovascular and gynecological surgeries. As of late, the machine is most often used in urology—in fact, most prostate removals are now done robotically. This system is, however, very expensive, costing about $2.5 million.

Opinions are mixed on the value of the da Vinci. The medical device tends to lessen blood loss on the operating table, but data is unclear on whether it improves overall outcomes of operations. This has not stopped Intuitive Surgical from heavily marketing its product.

Intuitive has pushed the da Vinci as an ideal tool for neck surgery and thyroid removal, though currently there is limited evidence to suggest actual effectiveness in these surgeries.

Complaints, Allegations, and Reasons You Might be Considering a Lawsuit

Complaints, Allegations, and Reasons You Might be Considering a Lawsuit

Machines are, of course, only as effective as the people operating them and though a surgeon might be highly skilled, he or she cannot safely perform a da Vinci operation without proper training.

Since the technology is relatively new, no standardized guidelines exist on training or credentialing for use of the da Vinci. That means that many hospitals are left to rely on information provided by Intuitive Surgical itself. When the FDA cleared the da Vinci for use in 2000, they noted that it would need to be introduced alongside robust training programs.

Complaints, Allegations, and Reasons You Might be Considering a Lawsuit

FDA Warning

Intuitive Surgical has encouraged doctors to rapidly deploy this new technology, stating that it is much easier to learn than traditional surgery techniques. At the same time, the company has allegedly downplayed the safety risks.

In 2013, the FDA issued a warning letter concerning a failure to provide adequate information. Questions have also been raised about manufacturing practices. The da Vinci system has been reported to produce dangerous electric sparks.

Da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuits

Da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuits

If you or a loved one has suffered or even died as the result of a da Vinci operation, you may be thinking that Intuitive Surgical ought to be held accountable and you may be right. You will not be alone — Intuitive Surgical disclosed to the US Securities and Exchange Commission that it was the defendant in 76 product liability lawsuits.

Surgical mistakes can cause a lifetime of pain and suffering, as well as lost income and adverse psychological effects.

You deserve to be heard, and you deserve to be compensated. If you think you have a case, it is strongly advised that you connect with Gruber Law Offices, LLC to speak with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to discuss your options.

 

Da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuits

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