FDA Investigating Rise in Complaints Concerning Surgical Robots

By Joe Messa

Jun 18

Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers say an increase in reports of complaints about the da Vinci Surgical System has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to talk with doctors who use the device. The da Vinci Surgical System is a popular robotic surgery device used in gynecological, kidney and general surgery procedures. According to the FDA, reports of problems have recently grown causing some concern as to why the number has grown.

The da Vinci Surgical System has become increasingly popular in hospitals and is used across the country. The surgical robots are manufactured by Intuitive Surgical and have been used in more than 1.5 million surgical procedures, including 367,000 surgeries last year. However, 85 deaths related to the da Vinci system and about 180 injuries have been reported to the FDA. Injures include damaged organs and arteries, excessive bleeding, bowel injuries and surgical burns.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers Say Surgical Robots Becoming Increasingly Common, Could Pose Dangerous Risks

Surgical robots like the da Vinci Surgical System have become more common in hospitals across the country. They are often used in procedures to remove a patient’s prostate or cervix as well as a number of other procedures. Many surgeons argue the surgeries are safe as they remain in control of the instruments being used throughout the surgery and are completely engaged as they oversee and instruct the rest of the surgical team. They also tout the benefits to patients, such as a speedier recovery because of smaller incisions.

Still, others believe that robotic surgery can carry many risks especially when the surgeon using the robot to perform the surgery has not been adequately trained in using the equipment. In fact, user error is one of the primary concerns among experts. Surgeons who use these devices should be properly trained in using them. In cases where a surgeon’s error or lack of training leads to an injury or death, the physician could be liable for damages. Likewise, malfunctioning surgical robots can also cause serious injuries and the manufacturer of the equipment may be held responsible in those cases.

Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Philadelphia and New Jersey

The Philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling medical malpractice cases resulting from medical errors made by surgical robots. Our extremely skilled team of medical malpractice attorneys and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or death after undergoing a procedure done by a surgical robot, contact the medical malpractice attorneys of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.


About the Author

Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read More