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Parker Waichman LLP Responds to an Intuitive Surgical Notice that the da Vinci Surgical Robot, Due to a Defect, Can Electrically Burn a Patient During Surgery
Date:5/10/2013

New York, New York (PRWEB) May 10, 2013

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, is commenting on a notification that Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci surgical robot, issued to hospitals and other customers on May 8, 2013, regarding an “urgent medical device notification” regarding “a potential issue” with the da Vinci surgical robot. The alert revealed that some models of the da Vinci monopolar curved scissors have "micro-cracks" in them that can create “a pathway for electrosurgical energy to leak into tissue during use and potentially cause thermal injury.”

The notification also revealed, in bold type, that the "micro-cracks may not be visible to the user."

The notification added that the company “apologizes” for this inconvenience and will inform its clients “immediately” as to when scissors “without the potential for micro-cracks are available for replacement.” Meanwhile, the company included in the notification a list of precautions and warnings for using the EndoWrist monopolar curved scissors.

“It’s certainly great to hear that Intuitive Surgical has taken responsibility in notifying hospitals and other clients about the defect it has discovered in some of its monopolar curved scissors,” said Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. “I can only hope that Intuitive is as proactively vigilant and responsive regarding any other potential issues that may influence the da Vinci’s ability to successfully assist with an operation on a human being.”

Parker Waichman LLP offers free legal advice to patients who suffered injuries that may have been caused by the robotic system and is actively seeking cases.

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