The growing litigation of da Vinci robot lawsuit claims has already made the healthcare technology a hot topic in the U.S., and is fast-becoming a subject of increasing concern abroad, the Daily Mail reports.

In a recent article that asks, “Would YOU put your life in the hands of a robot surgeon?” the United Kingdom-based publication lists the pros and cons of the da Vinci Surgical System, a remote-controlled device used to aid in minimally-invasive surgical procedures. According to the Oct. 21 report, at least 20 hospitals in the UK and Ireland adopted the da Vinci as of September 2012, but there is no federal regulation for overseeing use of the surgery robot now employed in hysterectomies, gallbladder removal surgeries, and heart-related procedures, among others.

The Daily Mail references a number of patients who have gone on to file lawsuits alleging robotic surgery complications in the U.S. One man, for example, underwent a prostate gland removal procedure and allegedly developed infection, organ failure and cardiac arrest afterward.  He then spent two months in intensive care, and was thought to have been fully recovered, but was recently readmitted to the hospital for related issues, the article states.

Patients Come Forward to File da Vinci Lawsuits Alleging Infection, Pain

In a case involving a 45-year old woman from New Jersey, a da Vinci-aided surgery allegedly resulted in chronic abdominal pain and bowel injuries. According to her lawsuit, those side effects stemmed from electrical current jumping from one of the robot’s arms to her body, a risk Intuitive failed to warn consumers about.

Since 2009, a Bloomberg.com report earlier this year indicates that Intuitive Surgical’s surgery robot has been linked to at least 70 deaths, and is now at the center of dozens of lawsuits. According to a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on October 18th, the company said it was preparing to defend the da Vinci in at least 50 claims.

And that’s not all. In its marketing of the da Vinci robot, Intuitive Surgical has said procedures using the da Vinci may result in quicker recovery times, but recent research suggests the device may offer little benefit for patients. A study published in September 2013 in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that the surgery robot did not reduce an individual’s risk for robotic surgery complications, and may have even increased a patient’s risk for developing post-surgery pneumonia.

Contact an Attorney to File a da Vinci Robot Lawsuit

Call the lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to file a claim alleging injuries caused by the da Vinci Surgical System. The Firm can be reached directly at (877) 779-1414.

Published October 31, 2013 by