The findings of a recent study involving da Vinci aided hysterectomies may further fuel the growing nationwide litigation of robotic surgery lawsuit claims filed against Intuitive Surgical Inc.

According to research published Sept. 9, 2013 in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, women undergoing a hysterectomy assisted by the da Vinci Surgical System may run a greater risk for developing pneumonia and receive no added benefit than if she chose to receive the uterus-removal surgery using conventional techniques.

Robotic Surgery Complications May Result from Head-Down Position in Surgery, Authors Say

After analyzing data from 16,000 women who had hysterectomies in 2009 and 2010, authors suggested that a woman’s potential for developing the illness, which was doubled in those who underwent robotic hysterectomies, may stem from the steep head-down positions patients are in during lengthy operations. As a result, fluid may build up in airways.

This study was led by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, who found that robot-assisted operations were much costlier—as much as $2,489 more per surgery than one using standard methods. They concluded that costs associated with the da Vinci robot may not necessarily promise greater patient benefit.

“Unfortunately, the greater costs associated with robotic-assisted hysterectomy were not reflected in improvement in outcomes,” researchers said.

The complication rate was similar as well—weighing in at 8.80 percent for da Vinci-aided hysterectomy surgery and 8.85 percent for a procedure using minimally-invasive procedures.  Patients who received robotic hysterectomies had a lower rate of needing blood transfusions, but a doubled risk of developing pneumonia after the operation.

Da Vinci Lawsuit Filings Likely to Rise with Growing Number of Robotic Procedures

Despite the risks associated with the da Vinci Surgical System, it continues to be used in more and more surgeries each year. An NBCNews report published this summer revealed that the device was involved in 500,000 procedures during 2012, which included gynecologic, laparoscopic, and urologic surgeries, as well as hysterectomies, prostatectomies and others. That year, Intuitive reported that revenue from the surgery robot generated $1.8 billion.

A growing number of individuals have already come forward to file da Vinci robot lawsuits. According to a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in July 2013, Intuitive had been named in 33 claims involving its da Vinci Surgical System.

Contact an Attorney to File a da Vinci Robot Lawsuit

For more information about filing a da Vinci robot lawsuit alleging injuries caused by the remote-controlled surgery robot, call an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP. The Firm can be reached at (877) 779-1414.

Published September 11, 2013 by