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Da Vinci Robot Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Publication of New Study Questioning Cost, Benefits of Robotic Surgery
Date:12/23/2013

New York, New York (PRWEB) December 23, 2013

As da Vinci robot lawsuits (http://www.davincirobotlawsuithelp.com/ ) alleging serious injuries due to the da Vinci Surgical System continue to be filed, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that another study has been released that questions the costs and benefits of robotic surgery. The study, which was published on December 18th in JAMA: Surgery, looked at thousands of operations to remove all or part of the colon that were performed between 2008 and 2010. Just over half of those performed were via traditional open methods, and about 47.6 percent involved laparoscopic procedures. The remaining .07 percent of the procedures included in the study were performed robotically. *

According to the study, laparoscopic procedures outperformed open surgeries, with fewer complications and shorter stays in the hospital. The authors of the study also found that the robotic procedures were just as safe and effective as laparoscopy. However, there was a significant cost difference between the two techniques, with the median price of the robotic procedures coming in at just over $14,800, while the median cost of laparoscopic surgery totaled about $10,782. In a statement, the authors of the study maintained that their findings “provide a counterpoint to the aggressive advertising used by some hospitals to tout benefits” of robotic surgery.*

“This is not the first study to raise questions about the overall cost and benefits of robotic surgery in comparison to laparoscopic techniques. These findings, taken together with the allegations raised in a growing number of da Vinci lawsuits, would suggest that robotic procedures need more thorough evaluation,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offer
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