FDA Report Shows Near-4,000 Complaints Filed over Surgery Robot, May Affect da Vinci Robot Lawsuit Claims
3,697. That’s how many robotic surgery complications—which may include instances of surgical burns, infection, organ damage, arterial tears and other complications now associated with da Vinci robot lawsuit filings—were logged by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) from the beginning of the year through November 3rd, Bloomberg.com reports.
According to a report released Nov. 8 by the FDA, this represents an increase from the 1,595 reports that were filed in 2012. Surgeons involved a survey detailed in the report found that employing the da Vinci Surgical System led to shorter patient recovery times and fewer complications, but did say training was an issue, and that there were instances where the robotic arms missed the mark or collided. Contained in the study were 11 surgeons who had performed 70 to 600 robotic procedures each.
“All respondents report that learning how to use the da Vinci Surgical System is the biggest challenge because of the device’s complex user-interface,” the agency said in a comment about the survey.
Vision Loss, Nerve Damage, Bleeding Among Robotic Surgery Complications Reported in FDA Survey
According to Bloomberg.com, peripheral vision loss, temporary nerve damage in the fingers, bleeding from perforated bowels and perforated limb palsy were among the da Vinci robotic surgery complications reported by doctors involved in the survey. It remains to be seen whether this information will prove vital to the growing number of da Vinci lawsuit filings in the U.S.
Since the FDA survey was launched in February 2013, shares for Intuitive Surgical have dropped 32 percent. According to Bloomberg, the makers of the da Vinci reported a profit decline in its third quarter of the year on October 17th. Intuitive also disclosed in October that it was involved in at least 50 lawsuits over the da Vinci on behalf of patients who allegedly sustained injuries during procedures aided by the remote-controlled surgery robot.
A month earlier, research published in Obstetrics & Gynecology found that robotic hysterectomies may not offer women benefit over procedures employing traditional methods, and may even up their risk for developing pneumonia. The Journal for Healthcare Quality said in August that FDA-filed adverse event reports associated with the da Vinci may be largely underreported.
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