First Robotic Colon Cancer Procedure in Houston Makes Headlines; Bernstein Liebhard LLP Investigates da Vinci Lawsuit Claims
A surgeon at a hospital in Texas has performed the first robotic colon cancer procedure in the Lake Houston area with a technology named in several da Vinci lawsuit claims.
According to a December 21st report from YourHoustonNews.com, the chief of staff at Kingwood Medical Center in Houston led a colon resection surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System, a robotic device designed to aid in minimally-invasive laparoscopic, urologic and gynecologic procedures. The article states that the patient recently celebrated his 100th birthday after undergoing the robot-assisted surgery to remove the cancer from his liver, rectum and lungs. Despite this supposed success story, however, concerns surrounding this device are continuing to rise.
FDA Issues Two Class II Recalls of da Vinci Components in December
In December, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared two separate Class II recalls involving the da Vinci surgery robot. The first, which was announced on December 3rd via the federal agency’s website, noted the potential for its Patient Side Navigator instrument to stall during procedures, and later “catch-up” if the surgeon is able to push through the resistance. According to the FDA, a total of 1,386 da Vinci devices would be affected by this recall. Later this month, a report from MassDevice.com indicated that a second component to the surgery robot had been flagged for its potential to cause complications after certain lots of two EndoWrist Instruments referred to as the Large Needle Driver and Mega Needle Driver were shown to detach during surgery. According to the article, a total of 102 complaints related to these components were received by Intuitive Surgical, including an account where a patient underwent a second operation to retrieve the detached piece.
The company says that all EndoWrist components affected by the Class II recall were manufactured prior to March 2011, however.
In addition to recent notifications from the FDA, the da Vinci Surgical System has already been named in several lawsuits, according to the company. In a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in October, Intuitive acknowledged its involvement in at least 50 cases, which may allege such injuries as organ damage, cut ureters, surgical burns and tears to arteries, as well as other complications stemming from the device.
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