Punctured arteries, nerve damage, objects temporarily left inside the bodies of two patients—these were the robotic surgery complications one general surgeon in Denver didn’t bank on when he started using the da Vinci Surgical System five years ago, Bloomberg.com reports.

According to an article published October 8th, a complaint filed in April with the Colorado Medical Board has since charged the Rocky Mountain region doctor with injuries allegedly sustained by 10 patients treated with the da Vinci between 2008 and 2010. In addition to the dozens of da Vinci robot lawsuit claims that have been filed against Intuitive Surgical in courts across the U.S, use of the surgery robot may have resulted in the death of one individual and the need for cardiopulmonary resuscitation in another in this particular case, the report stated.

Surgical System at the Center of Da Vinci Robot Lawsuit Claims Alleging Injury, Death

The Colorado surgeon may now be reconsidering the stance he took in 2010 on robotic gall bladder and parathyroid surgeries, when he was quoted as saying, ““My prediction is it will eventually replace everything else. It’s Star Wars stuff.”

Three years later, Intuitive Surgical is facing a barrage of da Vinci lawsuit claims over the healthcare technology, as well as a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation about its potential to cause patient injury and death. As of July 2013, the manufacturer had been named in at least 33 cases alleging da Vinci robotic surgery complications. That same month, Intuitive received an FDA Warning Letter citing the company for failing to alert the federal agency about adverse event reports and device corrections made to the da Vinci.

Da Vinci Robot Used in 350,000 Surgeries During 2012

The da Vinci Surgical System, which is tagged at $1.5 million, has been associated with surgical burns and tears to arteries, bowel injuries, infection and death, in the worst-case scenario. It is estimated that the device was used in approximately 350,000 surgeries during 2012, which included urologic, laparoscopic and gynecologic procedures, as well as hysterectomies, prostatectomies and gall bladder-related surgeries. According to Bloomberg.com, this represents a 60 percent increase since 2010, which may be owed to Intuitive’s marketing of its principal product.

“If there was a Nobel Prize for marketing, it would go to Intuitive Surgical,” said a urologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, who performs prostate cancer surgeries with and without the da Vinci robot.

Contact an Attorney to File a Da Vinci Lawsuit

Da Vinci lawsuit claims seek compensation for lost wages, out-of-pocket medical expenses and other damages. Call Bernstein Liebhard LLP today to learn more about filing a lawsuit at (877) 779-1414.

Published October 8, 2013 by