Da Vinci Robotic Surgery


Goldberg Attorneys is currently investigating potential surgical robot lawsuits on behalf of victims of the da Vinci Surgical Robot. The da Vinci Surgical Robot, manufactured and marketed by Intuitive Surgical, Inc., has been used in thousands of hysterectomies and prostate removal surgeries around the country, and is increasingly being used to perform other procedures, including gastric bypasses, gall bladder removals and thyroid cancer surgeries. However, several lawsuits involving da Vinci Surgical Robot procedures allege that patients have suffered serious, and even deadly, injuries including:

  • Tears and/or burns of the intestines
  • Punctured blood vessels
  • Cut ureters
  • Severe bowel injuries
  • Vaginal cuff dehiscence
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Death

The da Vinci Surgical Robot is a massive machine operated by a surgeon from a console with joystick-like controls. It was designed to give surgeons a range of movement greater than the human hand, and allows them to perform abdominal surgeries without cutting open the stomach. During a da Vinci procedure, robotic arms are placed in the patient to burn away tissue, so a diseased organ can be removed. Ideally, use of the da Vinci Surgical System in minimally invasive surgery should lead to less blood loss, much smaller scars and a faster recovery for the patient.

A single da Vinci Surgical Robot can cost over a $1 million, but their high cost has not deterred hospitals from investing in this technology. According to a report published by the Chicago Tribune in February 2012, 250,000 hysterectomies and prostate removal surgeries were done with the da Vinci system in 2011. Surgeons are now expanding use of the machines in other procedures, from gastric bypasses to thyroid cancer surgeries. It was recently approved by U.S. regulators for gall bladder surgery. Unfortunately, few randomized studies have been conducted to demonstrate that patients do best if procedures are performed with the da Vinci. Regulation of such devices by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration is also light, the report said.

If you or a loved one suffered serious complications, including tears and burns to blood vessels, intestines and other internal organs, following a surgical procedure involving a da Vinci Surgical Robot, then you may be eligible to file a personal injury or wrongful death da Vinci Surgical Robot lawsuit seeking compensation from Intuitive Surgical. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact the da Vinci Surgical Robot lawyers at Goldberg Attorneys. Call us at 800-600-6014 for a free consultation.


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