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Friday, January 30, 2015
What Are The Risks of Robotic Surgery?
field constantly has new developments to make procedures safer and more
cost-effective for patients, as well as to reduce recovery time. One
development in recent years has been the use of robotics to perform certain
types of surgery. Perhaps the most well-known type of surgical robot is the da
Vinci Surgical System manufactured and sold by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. While
the da Vinci robot has many benefits for patients, there have been numerous
reported incidents of unnecessary injuries and complications caused by a
defective robot. In such cases, the negligent manufacturer should be held
responsible for all losses suffered by the patient as a result of the defective
product and victims can often recover by filing a products liability claim.
of robotic surgery
Vinci robot was designed intending to improve upon general laparoscopy by
allowing a surgeon to control the movements of robotic arms from a more
ergonomically comfortable seated position a few feet away from the patient.
Additionally, robotic arms can be more accurate and have greater dexterity than
human hands, which means that insertions can be more precise with less pain,
less bleeding, and less overall recovery time. This allows patients to shorten
hospital stays and return to usual activities and work sooner. Robotic surgical systems are used most often in procedures
such as hysterectomies, prostatectomy, hernia surgeries, cystectomy, urological
procedures, gastrointestinal surgery, and more.
patients have successful robotic surgeries, the United
States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received numerous reports that a robot has
malfunctioned and caused additional and unnecessary injuries to patients. Such
injuries suffered include the following:
and tears in surrounding organs
bleeding and hematomas
surgeries to fix robotic errors
or sepsis after surgery
cases, a heavy robotic arm has malfunctioned and struck patients in the face,
as well as clamped onto a body part and would not release it until the entire
system was rebooted. Many of the injuries resulting from robotic surgeries
require substantial additional medical treatment, extended stays in hospitals,
and more. Many injured victims are left with permanent disabilities and are
unable to return to work or their normal daily activities. They also can
experience severe physical pain and suffering and emotional trauma as a result
of their injury.
who choose robotic surgery may not be fully aware of the risks of injury involved
with da Vinci and similar robots. If a patient suffers serious injuries due to
a defective surgical robot, the manufacturer of that robot should be held
liable for any losses the patient suffered as a result, including medical
expenses, loss of enjoyment of life, lost income from missed work, pain, and much more. Cases against large medical
manufacturers can be extremely complex and intimidating. For this reason, it is
always important to have the assistance of an experienced lawyer who
understands how to handle this type of case.
an experienced personal injury attorney for assistance today
doctor recommends robotic surgery or another type of medical procedure, you
should be able to trust that the procedure will be successful and that you will
be safe from harm. If you have suffered unnecessary injury due to mistakes that
occurred during robotic surgery, the experienced product liability attorneys at the Dolman Law
Group in Clearwater, Florida can help you. Please call our office at
727-451-6900 for a free consultation to discuss a potential legal claim in your
case. Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33756 (727) 451-6900