Do you have a da vinci lawsuit ? or a robotic surgery lawsuit ?
D. Miller & Associates PLLC is currently investigating claims against Intuitive Surgical Inc., which manufactures the da Vinci Surgical Robotic Surgery System.
What is The da Vinci Robotic Surgery System?
No, robotic surgery doesn’t mean that your surgeon will be replaced by a humanoid machine plucked from the pages of a science fiction novel! It is a system designed to reduce incisions while providing the doctor with a high level of control and enhanced 3D visualization.
The da Vinci Robotic Surgery System is a remote-controlled surgical device designed to aid surgeons in performing complex surgeries. The device consists of four robotic arms –three arms hold surgical tools while the fourth is a camera – that is controlled by a surgeon on a separate 3-dimensional console. The console permits the surgeon to operate on the patient with the robotic arms via joysticks and a foot pedal. As advocated by the manufacturer, the design results in faster and less painful healing from surgery, as well as shorter hospital stays.
The da Vinci Robotic Surgery System had been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 and is commonly used during the following surgeries:
- Gynecologic operations
- Gastric bypass surgery
- Gall bladder removal
- Prostate removals
- Thyroid cancer surgeries
Since its approval in 2000, more than 4,500 complaints regarding the da Vinci surgical system have been made in the FDA’s MAUDE (“Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience”) database. The reports highlight injuries such as burns, punctured vessels, and other serious internal injuries. To date, 70 of the reports on file involve a patient’s death. As a result, the FDA is currently investigating patient injuries that have resulted from the use of a da Vinci Robotic Surgery System.
Insufficient training provided by Intuitive Surgical may be contributing to these injuries. Currently, Intuitive Surgical is providing training for its device. It generally takes two to four days to complete, and typically uses cadavers, such as pig cadavers, during the training sessions. After a surgeon completes the training, he/she will then be certified and able to use the device on live patients. The short duration of training provided to surgeons may offer insight into why many of the complaints in the FDA MAUDE highlight physician’s errors, such as unintentionally firing the charged surgical instrument during surgery, or accidentally touching another robotic arm with an electrified instrument, thereby injuring the patient.
In addition to inadequate training, there have also been reports regarding defects in the product’s design. Highlighting the issue, the manufacturer itself released a warning to consumers that some of its da Vinci Robotic Surgery Systems may contain micro-cracks that could leak electrical energy. Products with this design defect could cause electricity to unintentionally jump from the device to the patient’s body, resulting in patients suffering burns to their internal organs.
Individuals are currently filing claims for compensation based on injuries they may have sustained due to a da Vinci Surgical Robot procedure.
Find out if you may have a valid claim
You or a loved one may have a valid lawsuit if either has suffered serious complications after undergoing da Vinci Robotic Surgical procedure. Some reported complications are:
- Tears and/ or burns of the intestines
- Punctured blood vessels
- Punctured and/ or cut ureters
- Severe bowel injuries
- Vaginal cuff dehiscence
- Excessive bleeding
- Surgical burns
If any of the above is applicable, you are advised to contact us now as you may have a claim against the manufacturer. It is easy to find out, just call our toll-free number, 1-855-776-5299 or fill out the form on the side of this page, and one of our consultants will call you back as soon as possible to verify your information and answer any questions you might have regarding your potential da Vinci Robotic System lawsuit. These cases are likely to be referred to another attorney. Call us today for your free no-obligation consultation.