We are no longer accepting da Vinci surgical robot cases
The da Vinci® surgical robot is an advanced surgical tool capable of performing complex laparoscopic surgeries, such as hysterectomies and prostate removals, while surgeons remotely control the machine using a separate interactive console.
The increasing popularity of the da Vinci robot has raised questions about its benefits, and several studies have failed to prove its safety and efficiency. Critics claim that these procedures can cause complications, which would require more invasive surgeries, and argue that hospitals are allowing surgeons without proper experience to perform procedures using the robot.
What risks are associated with the da Vinci® surgical robot?
Hospitals are eager to advertise their high-tech surgical equipment, but the benefits of the da Vinci compared to other surgical methods are uncertain.
While the da Vinci’s 3-D camera and pivoting tools allow for extreme maneuverability during surgeries, the sense of touch that surgeons traditionally rely upon is lost with the robot. Because a surgeon remotely controls the robot, the lack of tactile feedback can make it easier for arteries, nerves, and organs to be cut or burned during a procedure.
The da Vinci robotic surgical system has come under increased FDA scrutiny after a 34% increased risk of incidents—some of which were fatal—were reported from 2011 to 2012. During that period, the number of da Vinci procedures in the United States increased 26%.
Cory Watson Attorneys has settled their da Vinci Surgical Robot Danger lawsuits and recovered settlements for their clients.
* Cory Watson Attorneys is no longer accepting these cases.
da Vinci® is a registered trademark of Intuitive Surgical, Inc.
This law firm is not associated with, sponsored by, or affiliated with Intuitive Surgical, Inc.; Surgical Endoscopy; or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.