Wright & Schulte LLC, an experienced defective medical device and Ohio personal injury law firm, is investigating Da Vinci robotic surgery complications allegedly associated with the Da Vinci Surgical System. According to an analysis conducted by Citron Research and released on January 17th, 4,600 instances of Da Vinci robotic surgery complications have been reported to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) adverse event database. Of these, 89 involved the death of the patient.
Da Vinci robotic surgery complications
Wright & Schulte is now offering free Da Vinci robotic surgery lawsuit consultations to individuals who suffered serious complications allegedly due to:
- Tears and/or burns of the intestines
- Punctured and/or cut blood vessels
- Punctured and/or cut ureters
- Severe bowel injuries
- Severe bladder injuries
- Excessive bleeding
- Surgical burns
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Da Vinci Surgical System
The Da Vinci Surgical System was brought to market in 2000 by Intuitive Surgical. A large robotic platform, the Da Vinci Robot allows a surgeon more range of motion when performing minimally invasive procedures, including hysterectomies, prostate removals, gall bladder removals, gastric bypass, heart surgeries and thyroid cancer surgery. Though the Da Vinci Robot can cost as much as $2.5 million, plus tens of thousands of dollars in yearly maintenance costs, thousands of hospitals have been induced to purchase the device by Intuitive’s promises that doing so will enable them to increase market share. According to a recent Los Angeles Times article, the Da Vinci Robot is now used in more than 2,000 hospitals, even though little data exists to show the robot offers patients any advantages over traditional surgery.
New Analysis on Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Complications
According to the Citron analysis, the most common Da Vinci robotic surgery complications reported to the FDA include perforations (organ punctures), lacerations (cuts) and tears. While many of these injures are allegedly attributed to doctor error, some cases are clearly describing machine malfunction, the report stated. The second-most prominent injury was electrocautery or burns from electrical discharge. “There appear to be a variety of reasons when electricity is delivered at unintended times or to unintended tissues. One of the main sources is insulation flaws on the equipment,” Citron reported. In many of the worst alleged Da Vinci Robot complications, the analysis found that the patient’s surgery was closed, reported successful, and they were discharged and sent home. Only later did the patient take a turn for the worse. In such cases, the patient was readmitted to the hospital with internal bleeding, infection, and other serious injuries.
The Citron analysis also found instances where Da Vinci robotic surgery complications were allegedly attributed to doctor error. According to the report, the training program for the Da Vinci Robot takes only two days to complete. However, Citron points out that there are published expert opinions that it takes hundreds of surgeries to become truly proficient on the Da Vinci. There are also no established standards for judging proficiency on the machine, as each hospital has its own system to train surgeons and determine when they are proficient with the robot.
In a separate report dated December 19, 2012, Citron revealed that a total of nine Da Vinci robotic surgery lawsuits have already been filed on behalf of alleged victims of Da Vinci robotic surgery complications. Plaintiffs allegedly required debilitating and painful subsequent surgeries to repair defects caused by the original robotic surgery, and aside from two patients who died, the remaining patients were left with severe long term adverse results, Citron said.
About Wright & Schulte LLC
Wright & Schulte LLC, a leading personal injury firm, is dedicated to the belief that America’s legal system should work for the people. Every day, the attorneys of Wright Schulte LLC stand up for the rights of people who have been injured or wronged, and fight tirelessly to ensure that even the world’s most powerful corporations take responsibility for their actions. If you’re looking for a law firm that will guarantee the aggressive and personal representation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact Wright & Schulte LLC today. Free Da Vinci robotic surgery complications lawsuit evaluations are available through yourlegalhelp.com, or call 1-800-399-0795.