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Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Comments on New Study Evaluating Robotic Surgery Training Methods

New York, New York (PRWEB) May 07, 2013

As da Vinci robotic surgery lawsuits continue to mount in courts around the country, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that a new study has found that surgeons preparing to perform robotic surgery learned best when a combination of three training methods were used: virtual reality, inanimate tasks, and in vivo training. The authors of the study, which appears online on March 7th in The British Journal of Urology, noted that there currently exists no validated or standardized curriculum in existence for training in basic robotic surgical skills. Among other things, the research team reported that the growing interest in robotic surgery, along with a general dissatisfaction among urological surgery residents with their robot training, has increased pressure to improve robotic training. *

“While Intuitive Surgical, the manufacturer of the da Vinci Surgical System, denies any suggestion that they engaged in inadequate surgeon training and improper certification, training is at issue in many da Vinci robotic surgery lawsuits. The findings of this study further highlight the problems associated with inadequate training. This is an issue that needs to be addressed immediately,” 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 da Vinci surgery complications in minimally-invasive procedures involving the da Vinci Surgical System.

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Lawsuits
The da Vinci Surgical System has been on the market since 2000, and is used in a wide range of minimally-invasive surgeries, including hysterectomies, gall bladder removal, prostate removal, heart surgeries, and thyroid procedures. In a March 31st filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Intuitive Surgical acknowledged that it had been named in 26 da Vinci robot lawsuits filed on behalf of patients who allegedly suffered serious complications in robotic surgery procedures. Among other things, Plaintiffs claim these injuries were the result of defects in the da Vinci Surgical System and/or the company’s failure to provide adequate training resources to healthcare professionals.**

According to court records, the nation’s first da Vinci robotic surgery lawsuit trial began last month in Washington state court. The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of a patient who died last August allegedly due to serious injuries he sustained in a da Vinci prostatectomy, claims Intuitive failed to properly train doctors on the da Vinci robot, and recommended that they perform unsupervised surgeries too quickly. reported on March 21st that emails disclosed ahead of the trial include one in which an Intuitive manager praised a salesperson for persuading a hospital that five supervised operations were too many. In yet another, an Intuitive sales team was told by their manager not to “let proctoring or credentialing get in the way” of meeting goals on the number of robot surgeries.** (Estate of Fred E. Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical Inc., 09-2-03136-5, Superior Court, State of Washington, Kitsap County)

Victims of alleged da Vinci surgery complications may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. A wealth of information regarding da Vinci robotic surgery lawsuits is available at Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. For additional information, please call Bernstein Liebhard LLP today at (877) 779-1414.


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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