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Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Lawsuit: Parker Waichman LLP Responds to Doctor’s Testimony Alleging Intuitive Surgical’s Robotic Device Contributed to a Man’s Death
Date:4/30/2013

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The lawsuit now on trial alleges that Intuitive failed to properly train surgeon Scott Bildsten, who performed a robotic prostate removal on Fred Taylor, according to Bloomberg**. Bildsten, who had never performed robotic surgery unsupervised prior to Taylor’s prostate removal, allegedly struggled with the da Vinci for seven hours in September 2008. He eventually reverted to traditional, and then emergency, surgery to fix a rectal laceration. Taylor died last August of heart failure allegedly caused by complications from his da Vinci robotic surgery.

Intuitive’s da Vinci system is currently the only approved robotic surgery in the United States. Bloomberg reports that Taylor’s lawsuit is the first of at least a dozen to go to trial over injuries allegedly caused by the robot. In light of mounting injury reports, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine*** issued an advisory warning of complications last month. The state’s Board cited cases of complications including bleeding, adhesions, damage to the bowel and ureter, and one specific case in which a piece of rectal tissue was left inside the patient’s abdomen.

The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine is not the only group to express concerns about robot-assisted surgery. Last month, the president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)**** warned consumers that there is no strong evidence showing that the da Vinci is the best option for a minimally invasive hysterectomy, nor is it the most cost efficient. ACOG President James T. Breeden also warned consumers to not be swayed by aggressive advertising, according to a CNBC report.


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