According to Intuitive Surgical, Inc., manufacturer of the da Vinci Surgical System, the da Vinci robot is intended to help patients by providing several benefits over other more traditional types of surgeries. The manufacturer has asserted that the da Vinci robot can help reduce recovery times, allow for small incisions, reduce blood loss, and cause less pain than other methods of surgery. However, despite the system’s ergonomic surgeon console, EndoWrist instruments, high-performance vision system, and robotic arms, the da Vinci robot has allegedly caused painful and unnecessary injuries to patients throughout the U.S.
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What Happens During a Da Vinci Procedure?
During a da Vinci-assisted robotic surgery, the surgeon is seated at a console away from the patient where he uses a joystick-like control to operate the arms of the device. The technology within the system transforms the surgeon’s arm and hand motions into coordinating movements performed by the robotic arm.
According to Intuitive Surgical, there are more than 2,000 facilities worldwide that have at least one da Vinci Surgical System, and 1,371 of these facilities are located within the U.S. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved the da Vinci robot in 2000 for soft-tissue procedures, gynecological procedures, and prostate removal surgeries.
Intuitive Surgical reportedly offered a two-day training course for hospital surgeons, yet many medical experts claim that these classes were too short and did not provide ample opportunity for surgeons to practice or train on the device prior to operating on a live patient. Intuitive Surgical maintains that the training process was comprehensive enough that surgeons should have gained the necessary experience to correctly and safely operate the system.
Intuitive Surgical Facing Lawsuits Alleging Complications
If you suffered from excessive bleeding, burns, a cut ureter, or damage to your bowels during or following a da Vinci robotic procedure, you may wish to seek legal counsel to file a Colorado da Vinci robot lawsuit. Patients currently filing lawsuits to seek compensation for their injuries allege that Intuitive of produced a defective product. According to plaintiffs, the robotic arm may accidentally cauterize, cut, or burn nearby tissues due to the inability of the arm to contain electric currents. Other patients have allegedly experienced damage to their ureter, bladder, blood vessels, bowels, arteries, and vaginal cuffs.
The FDA has reportedly received more than 500 adverse event reports as of January 2012 in which patients have allegedly been harmed by the robotic system. According to those who claim to have been injured, Intuitive Surgical knowingly withheld information about the potential complications with the system, and many patients assert that they did not feel adequately warned of the risks prior to undergoing surgery.
Eligible to File a Colorado Da Vinci Robot Lawsuit?
If you or someone you love suffered from internal bleeding, burns, scarring, or other complications following a da Vinci-assisted surgery, you may be eligible to file a Colorado da Vinci robot lawsuit and seek compensation for your injuries. Contact Attorney Group for Colorado today for more information about your options and to receive a free, comprehensive case evaluation. If you determined that you have a case, Attorney Group for Colorado can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can file a Colorado da Vinci robot lawsuit on your behalf and assist you throughout the legal process. Call today.