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Da Vinci Robot Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Growing Debate Surrounding Robotic Surgery

New York, New York (PRWEB) July 11, 2013

As da Vinci robot lawsuit claims continue to be investigated by Bernstein Liebhard LLP, the Firm notes that the debate surrounding the safety and efficacy of robotic surgery continues to grow. According to a report published by the Tribune-Review on July 6th, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), which owns eight da Vinci Surgical Systems, has chosen not to heavily market its robotic surgery services. In an interview with the Tribune-Review, UPMC’s chair of Urology, Dr. Joel Nelson, pointed out that there is no significant difference in outcomes between robot-assisted prostatectomy and standard procedures. Last year, Dr. Nelson published a study questioning the cost of robot-assisted prostate surgery that revealed that, on average, UPMC had lost more than $4,000 on each such procedure.*

“This report brings up some very important issues. Again, it illustrates that the costs, benefits and risks associated with da Vinci robot surgeries still need to be more fully evaluated,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free legal evaluations to individuals who allegedly suffered serious robotic surgery complications in procedures involving the da Vinci Surgical System.

Da Vinci Robot Lawsuits

The da Vinci Surgical System was brought to market in 2000 by Intuitive Surgical, Inc., and is the only robotic surgery platform approved in the U.S. for soft tissue procedures. According to the Tribune-Review, the device was used in more than 400,000 minimally invasive surgeries last year, but is also the subject of a growing number of da Vinci robot lawsuits. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is also reviewing reports of robotic surgery complications, including five deaths, in da Vinci surgeries.* On July 9th, reported that sales of the da Vinci robot had fallen to $215 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared with $229 million during the same period last year. One analyst interviewed for that report said the drop-off was likely due to hospitals “starting to re-evaluate treatment plans and taking a more cautious approach."**

The last few months have been difficult ones for Intuitive Surgical. On May 8th, the company sent an Urgent Medical Device Notification to its customers after determining that micro-cracks in some EndoWrist monopolar scissors used with the da Vinci could cause surgical burns, an issue which resulted in a redesign of the instruments.*** On May 30th, the FDA issued a 483 letter to Intuitive Surgical after an agency inspection of its headquarters revealed that the company had not informed the FDA about reports of da Vinci complications that caused the company to issue a cautionary letter to its customers in October 2011 .****

Alleged victims of serious da Vinci complications, including surgical burns, damaged organs, and torn blood vessels, may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. To learn more about filing a da Vinci robot lawsuit, please visit Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. Free, no-obligation legal evaluations can also be arranged by calling 800-511-5092.

***, CNBC, May 8, 2013

About Bernstein Liebhard LLP
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993, including those who have been harmed by dangerous drugs, defective medical devices and consumer products. The firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the “Plaintiffs’ Hot List,” recognizing the top plaintiffs’ firms in the country, for the past 10 consecutive years.

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