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Da Vinci Robot Lawsuit Lawyers at Wright & Schulte LLC Disturbed by Recent NBC Rock Center Program on Potential Da Vinci Surgical Robot Complications
Date:6/23/2013

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According to the Rock Center report, sales of the Da Vinci Surgical System are up 41% in the last decade, and the robot was used in 400,000 procedures last year, including hysterectomies, prostate surgeries and heart surgeries. Advocates for robotic surgery claim such procedures result in minimal bleeding, minimal scars and faster recovery times. But in March, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists released a statement advising doctors not to consider robotic surgery for hysterectomy a first choice for most women, advising doctors to separate “the marketing hype from the reality when considering the best surgical approach” the procedure.
[ACOG, March 14, 2013; acog.org/About_ACOG/News_Room/News_Releases/2013/Statement_on_Robotic_Surgery]

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has received 200 reports of Da Vinci robot complications, including burns, cuts, infections, and 89 deaths, since 2007, Rock Center said. The agency is now looking into the reports to determine if the robot itself is causing the injuries. One of the patients detailed in the Rock Center broadcast, a 37-year-old hysterectomy patient, described how just five weeks after her operation, her intestines fell out of her vagina while she was using the bathroom. While the frequency of this gruesome complication is unknown, published reports of this happening after robotic surgery are increasing, according to Rock Center.

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