believe there is a design defect in the da Vinci surgical
robot. The FDA has received reports that the robotic
arms may not be properly insulated. As a result, excess
electricity can cause severe injuries, including burns
and tearing of the internal organs, vaginal cuff dehiscence,
severed ureters, bowel injuries, excessive bleeding,
and even death.
are injuries caused by the
daVinci surgical robot:
Burns to Arteries or Organs
Peritonitis (painful and tender inflammation of the
lining of the abdomen)
Burning of nearby organs including the intestines
Punctured blood vessels, organs or arteries
Burns and/or tears of the intestines
Severe bowel injuries
Punctured or cut ureters
Vaginal cuff dehiscence (reopening of the incision
made to remove the uterus and cervix during a hysterectomy)
Additional Surgical Procedures Following Robot Surgery
have been paying close attention to the incidences involving
the da Vinci robotic medical device.
by Intuitive Surgery, Inc., a surgeon operates the device
from a distance, controlling and manipulating the robot’s
arms through a computer. This is believed to allow for a more
precise series of movements not capable by human hand. When
performed properly, the da Vinci minimizes invasive methods.
is without human contact, a surgeon cannot necessarily assess
how much force is being applied when grabbing tissue. They
cannot monitor the cutting, or how stitching is holding. These
are all dangerous to the patient.
certification for operating this device requires little training.
Even in the hands of an experienced surgeon, without proper
training and understanding of the machine, serious harm and
fatal injuries can and have occurred. Patients and families
are discovering that inadequate training, faulty devices and
lack of experience are resulting in long term complications
and fatalities. There have been fistulas between organs, injuries
that result in significant bleeding and damage to organs,
tissues and vessels.
the common injurious claims involving the da Vinci are tears
of the intestines, burns, punctured ureters or blood vessels,
vaginal cuff dehiscence, excessive bleeding, serious injury
to the bowel tract and even death. While inadequate training
is considered a major factor, there has also been cause to
believe there are defects in the machine itself. There are
also reports of the robot not responding to commands.
has caused dangerous complications that weren’t noticed
by the surgical staff. There has been at least one situation
where a part of the da Vinci broke off during a procedure.
One patient required additional surgeries to repair damage
to her ureters. Another incident had a surgeon who had only
used the da Vinci a few times accidentally cut his patient’s
blood vessels, resulting in the patient’s demise. In
another claim it has been alleged the device sent an electrical
current through a patient, burning her arteries and intestines.
She died two weeks later.
use of the machine has been reviewed as safe, there are still
far too many incidences where this was not the fact. Intuitive
Surgical has made hundreds of millions of dollars from these
robotic devices. Hospitals have been pressured to use them
to stay competitive. Yet no guidelines have been established
for maintenance and training.
If you believe you or a loved one has been injured because
of a surgery that involved a da Vinci robotic medical device
contact our law office today.