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Da Vinci Robot Lawsuits Being Investigated by Bernstein Liebhard LLP, as New Study Raises More Questions About Purported Advantages of Robotic Surgery
Date:12/10/2013

ed patients any advantages over laparoscopic methods, despite costing significantly more.** Research published in Obstetrics & Gynecology this September also found that robotic hysterectomy was not associated with reduced rates of complications than other minimally-invasive procedures, and may even double a patient’s risk of developing post-operative pneumonia.***

According to an article published by Bloomberg.com last month, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that reports of robotic surgery complications related to the da Vinci more than doubled over the past year, with the agency's database logging some 3,697 such reports through November 3, 2013. In 2012, it received just 1,595 reports of such incidents. The same report also noted that Intuitive Surgical is facing at least 50 da Vinci robot lawsuits, all filed on behalf of individuals who allegedly suffered serious injuries due to the da Vinci Surgical System.****

Last week, the FDA also announced a Class II da Vinci robot recall, after it was found that some instrument arms used with the device could stall, creating a risk that patients could sustain “temporary or medically reversible" injuries. According to the FDA, some 1,386 da Vinci systems worldwide could be impacted by the recall. However, Intuitive Surgical will be making repairs and replacements as needed to the affected system, rather than pulling them from the market.

Alleged victims of robotic surgery complications associated with the da Vinci Surgical System may be entitled to compensation from Intuitive Surgical. To learn more about the types of injuries that have allegedly occurred during da Vinci hysterectomy, please visit Bernstei
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