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Study Says Using the da Vinci Surgical Robot for a Hysterectomy Fails to Cut Complications and May Raise Pneumonia Risk, Notes Parker Waichman LLP
Date:9/11/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) September 11, 2013

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, notes that a Sept. 10 Bloomberg report details a study that reveals using the da Vinci surgical robot to perform a hysterectomy doesn’t reduce complications and could possibly raise the risk of pneumonia when compared with the use of conventional surgical techniques. For the study, researchers examined data from about 16,000 women who had hysterectomies for benign conditions in 2009 and 2010, Bloomberg added.

Operations performed with the da Vinci surgical robot cost hospitals $2,489 more per procedure but have a similar complication rate when compared with the standard practice of removing the uterus with minimally invasive equipment, according to the study, as Bloomberg reported. “Unfortunately, the greater costs associated with robotic-assisted hysterectomy were not reflected in improvement in outcomes,” researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, who conducted the study, told Bloomberg.

The increased risk of pneumonia finding could be due to the large number of robotic hysterectomy patients who need intubation after their operation, Bloomberg reported. During robotic hysterectomies, patients are positioned at a steep angle, with their heads down. This could cause fluid to build up in the airways, Bloomberg reported the study as suggesting.

The da Vinci surgical robot’s safety and cost effectiveness have been under scrutiny, according to a July 19

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