Consumer Health Alert – da Vinci Surgical Patients

As patients, we trust our doctors to do no harm and we trust that recent “advances” in medical technology are safe and effective. But all too often patient care and product safety can’t compete with the corporate bottom line.

Case in point: Beginning in 2003, the daVinci Surgical System was approved for use by the FDA for the following surgical procedures:

  • Hysterectomy
  • Kidney cancer and other kidney related disorders
  • Endometriosis
  • Prostate removal
  • Throat cancer
  • Obesity related surgeries
  • Coronary blockage and other coronary disorders

This system was supposed to allow for more precise and less invasive surgeries, resulting in quicker healing times and less physical trauma to the patient.

However, by 2013 a sudden rise in robotic surgical injuries prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin an investigation into the da Vinci Surgical System, manufactured by Intuitive Surgical. What they found is terrifying.

In the course of their investigations, the FDA found several instances where patients were seriously injured or even killed during procedures utilizing robotic surgical devices. Some of the more common injuries and life threatening complications that have been reported from robotic devices include:

  • Hemorrhaging and bleeding from cut blood vessels
  • Damage to colons, intestines, spleens and other organs
  • hydronephrosis (a backup of urine into the kidneys)
  • bowel or bladder injuries
  • Severed nerves
  • Electrical burns
  • Vaginal cuff dehiscence during a hysterectomy
  • Additional injuries or even death

At the Law Offices of Michael A DeMayo our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience handling both medical malpractice and defective products litigation. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a robotic surgery, you may be eligible for financial compensation.  We have the knowledge and resources to assist you with every aspect of your case. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.


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