FDA Reports, Court Deposition Indicate High Frequency of Da Vinci Surgery Complications
Da Vinci surgery complications continued to make headlines this March as CNBC.com pulled quotes from a court deposition and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s database of adverse event reports that may impact the growing litigation of lawsuits claiming life-threatening side effects associated with the surgery robot.
According to the Mar. 19 article, one Washington urologist said in the deposition, “One problem you can run into is sword fighting—you’re clanging your arms together and fighting each other, in which case they can build up unnecessary tension.”
Da Vinci Surgery Complications Named in FDA Database of Adverse Event Reports
Earlier that month, Bloomberg.com reported that reports of 70 deaths had been filed with the FDA since 2009. The Mar. 1 article surmises that may be owed in part to the growing number and type of procedures the da Vinci Surgery Robot has been used in since it was first approved by the FDA in 2000. Used in almost 500,000 procedures performed during 2012, the device is now used to aid surgeons in hysterectomies, gallbladder surgeries, prostate removals and heart procedures.
Number of Da Vinci Surgery Robot Lawsuits Likely to Rise
According to CNBC.com, da Vinci surgery complications occurred in one such hysterectomy performed on Jan. 2, 2013. The FDA database of adverse event reports indicated that in this situation involving the robot, “the arm jumped, causing the instrument … to stab an artery, which led to some bleeding that the surgeon was able to control without converting the procedure. The scheduled procedure was completed successfully.”
During another hysterectomy from Dec. 28, 2013, the surgeon told the FDA, “the bipolar instrument fired unintentionally during a procedure. … The instrument tip did touch the patient’s uterus [and] the customer was able to successfully complete the case plus two additional cases using the same generator with no further incidents.”
A Dec. 13 hysterectomy also chronicled in the FDA database said the da Vinci Surgery robot hit the patient in the face during surgery, prompting the surgeon to transition to traditional open surgical techniques.
Bloomberg.com estimates the da Vinci Surgery Robot costs $1.5 million each.
Da Vinci Surgery Robot lawsuits filed over this device say complications like these have the potential to cause organ damage, surgical burns, and other life-threatening injuries.
Did Da Vinci Surgery Complications Cause You Pain and Other Injuries? Contact a Lawyer Today.
If you experienced da Vinci surgery complications and suffered surgical burns, organ damage, cut ureters, excessive bleeding, bowel injuries or other injuries afterward, you may be eligible to file a claim. Contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP by calling (877) 779-1414 today.