Da Vinci Robot Lawyer
Da Vinci-assisted surgery may cause serious complications for patients. The Da Vinci is a robotic surgical system designed to facilitate complex surgery and is controlled by a surgeon. Many patients experienced complications as a result of Da Vinci-assisted surgeries, such as tears, burns, internal bleeding, infections and emergency surgery to correct injuries that were caused during Da Vinci surgery.
If you have suffered an injury through the use of the Da Vinci system, you are entitled to reimbursement for your harms and losses. Da Vinci cases are difficult and complex. With any surgery, there are known risks. It is important to discuss your case with a Da Vinici lawyer to determine if your injury was caused by the Da Vinci Robotic system. There is no fee to discuss your case with us and no fee for our services unless we successfully recover reimbursement for your loss. We have recovered over $34,000,000 for injury victims and are here to help. You are welcome to call 314-409-7060, or 855-55-2233, 24 hours a day, 7 days week.
In the past, it was assumed that doctors and hospitals were to blame for the injuries caused by the Da Vinci systems. Recently, new evidence has suggested that the manufacturer mislead surgeons. The manufacturer was aware of safety issues before and after distributing the systems. Victims are now seeking financial compensation and filing lawsuits against the Da Vinci manufacturer – Intuitive Surgical.
You can pursue legal action against Intuitive Surgical if you suffered injuries as a result of Da Vinci robot surgery. We work on a contingency fee basis and will be compensated out of the eventual recovery. In order to determine if you have a Da Vinci lawsuit, we will review the basic facts of your case, and obtain all necessary supporting medical records to build your case. Many victims of Da Vinci robot surgery are seeking reimbursement for the medical expenses they should not have had.
What is the Da Vinci Surgical Robot?
The Da Vinci Surgical apparatus is a robotic surgical system used for the first time by Dr. Randall Wolf and Dr. Robert Michler to perform a heart bypass at the Ohio State University in the United States of America. The massive apparatus has four interactive arms and is controlled by the surgeon. The arms are inserted into the patient via tiny incisions, and the surgeon uses these arms to view and conduct the surgery. One arm carries an endoscopic camera with two lenses, and the other three arms are for surgical tools, such as scalpels, scissors, electrocautery instruments (apparatus for surgical dissection and stoppage of bleeding).
The Da Vinci system cannot function on its own. The robot is designed to replicate the movement of the surgeon’s hands with micro-instruments and cannot take decisions without the doctor’s direct input. The Food and Drug Administration approved the Da Vinci Surgical Robot in 2000 for adult and pediatric use in gynecology surgery, laparoscopic surgical procedures and urologic surgery. The system is also used for thyroid cancer surgeries, gall bladder removal and gastric bypass surgeries.
Hospitals invested large amounts of money in the device and began using it for various surgeries. The surgical robot was marketed as a precise way to perform surgery. The surgery would cause less blood loss and faster recovery time.
Problems with the design of the system and minimal training provided to surgeons, resulted into injuries in patients. Complications may arise from the system’s use of high frequency electrical current passed from a single electrode to cut, cauterize and burn tissue.
Da Vinci Surgical Robot Complications
Not long after the Da Vinci surgical robot’s introduction, the Food and Drug Administration received reports about severe injuries caused by the device. Injuries stated in the report included vaginal cuff dehiscence, bowel injury, perforated organs, bladder injuries, cutting of patient’s ureters, punctured blood vessels, peritonitis (infection of the abdominal lining), conditions caused by microorganisms or their toxins in the tissue or bloodstream and intestinal tearing. In some cases, even wrongful death occurred.
Some Da Vinci surgical injuries occurred without the surgeon being aware of the complications. There are many cases where patients have been discharged home, only to discover the injury days later. According to court filing, many Da Vinci surgeries required surgical repairs afterwards.
Da Vinci Surgical Robot Problems
Recently, new evidence has suggested that the manufacturer mislead surgeons. The manufacturer was aware of safety issues before and after distributing the systems. Lawsuits against Intuitive Surgical, manufacturer of Da Vinci Surgical Robots, allege that the company is liable for injuries caused by inadequate training, failure to disclose power issues with the device and design defects.
Lawsuits against Intuitive Surgical allege that the company did not offer adequate training for hospitals that purchased the Da Vinci Surgical Robot. Experts believe that the brief trainings some surgeons received to operate the complex system was not sufficient, as it requires hundreds of surgeries to reach true proficiency with the surgical robot.
Evidence also showed that the company was aware of the power issues and failed to disclose the results of pre-marketing testing of problems that existed as a result of monopolar energy. The company also failed to do post-marketing surveillance of monopolar energy-related injuries.
Some lawsuits found that the robotic arms may not be adequately insulated, and patients are not protected against the excess electrical current during the process of surgery. Overheating caused by the electric current resulted into injuries.
Da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuits
The Da Vinci Surgical Robot has become a symbol of medical progress and is in use in more than 850 hospitals across the United States, but some surgeons questioned the way the apparatus had been marketed. It was said that Intuitive Surgical marketed the device to hospitals with the understanding that the apparatus can help hospitals to gain market share and the device will therefore also boost hospitals’ income. Some surgeons say it takes at least 200 surgeries to become proficient at the surgical robot. The large number of surgeries is difficult for surgeons at smaller hospitals to achieve.
A surgeon at Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston, Dr. Jim Hu, says it take urologists anywhere from two-hundred and fifty to seven-hundred surgeries to obtain the skills to safely operate the apparatus. Intuitive Surgical’s vice president, Aleks Cukic, says that the robot’s learning curve varies from procedure to procedure and there is no number of surgeries required to master the device.
In June 2007, Dr. David Coppola at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital operated on an elderly man with a stomach condition. People with knowledge about the case say that Dr. Coppola operated with the Da Vinci surgical robot on the man for several hours and eventually gave up and switched to open surgery. The patient’s esophagus was perforated, and he died.
In March 2009, Dr. Chase proctored another Wentworth-Douglass Hospital gynecologist during a routine hysterectomy. Dr. Banaski performed the surgery and accidentally cut both the patient’s ureters with the device. The patient had to undergo four more surgeries. Surgeons at the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital operated unsupervised after four cases.
Lawsuits against Intuitive Surgical continue to mount alleging the Da Vinci surgical robot may cause serious injuries and even death. You can pursue legal action against Intuitive Surgical if you suffered injuries as a result of Da Vinci robot surgery. Call us today to discuss your lawsuit for Da Vinci Surgical Robot by calling 314.409.7060, or toll-free at 855-55-2233. There is no fee unless we recover compensation for your injury.