Intuitive Surgical has begun shipping a new pair of surgical scissors to be sold with its remote-controlled robot after an earlier model was shown to develop “micro-cracks” that may cause internal burns and other da Vinci robotic surgery complications, MassDevice.com reports.

According to an article published June 6th, the company confirmed shipments of its newly modified 8mm EndoWrist monopolar curved surgical scissors were underway as of May 31. The tiny cracks suggested to result from use of the older version were not visible to the naked eye, Intuitive said, and may “create a pathway for electrosurgical energy to leak to tissue during use and potentially cause thermal injury” for patients undergoing procedures using the da Vinci Surgical System.

Despite the potential for complications to stem from micro-cracks in the older EndoWrist scissors, Intuitive said it had received no reports of injuries as of last month.

“The company worked closely with its manufacturing partners to determine root cause and adjusted manufacturing processes for consistency to ensure the instrument will withstand the rigors of reprocessing,” an Intuitive representative said of the new EndoWrist scissors.

Da Vinci Robot Lawsuits Allege Surgical Burns, Other Injuries

The company cannot say the same for other da Vinci robotic complications allegedly associated with da Vinci surgery robot, however. Use of the da Vinci Surgical System, which was approved in 2000 to aid in minimally-invasive urologic, laparoscopic, and gynecologic procedures and is now used to help perform gastric bypass surgery, gall bladder removal, and thyroid cancer surgeries, has since been suggested to result in:

  • Surgical burns and tears to arteries and other blood vessels
  • Cut ureters
  • Surgical burns and tears to vital organs
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Bowel Injuries
  • Death

A growing number of patients who underwent procedures involving the surgery robot have already gone on to file da Vinci Robot lawsuits. These cases allege the device was defectively designed by the manufacturer, and that Intuitive failed to warn about its potential to cause side effects. As of May 2013, court records indicated that over 26 claims over the da Vinci Surgical System were pending in federal jurisdictions throughout the U.S.

Some Da Vinci Robot lawsuits also allege Intuitive failed to adequately train surgeons on how to operate the remote-controlled devices after aggressively marketing them to hospitals, something the company strongly denies

How to File a da Vinci Robotic Surgery Complications Lawsuit

If you or a loved one suffered surgical burns, tears, excessive bleeding or even death after undergoing a procedure involving the da Vinci Surgical System, the time is now to start the process of filing a da Vinci Robot lawsuit. Contact one of the attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP for more about filing a claim at (877) 779-1414.

Published June 12, 2013 by