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.
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.
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.
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