Despite Intuitive Surgical’s insistence that its remote-controlled robot is safe and effective in performing minimally-invasive procedures, reports alleging da Vinci robotic surgery complications continue to mount.

According to an article published May 8th on Healthtechzone.com, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received one such complaint in 2012 about a woman who was in the process of undergoing a hysterectomy aided by the da Vinci Surgical System when one of its robotic arms allegedly swung loose and slapped her in the face. Following this incident, the surgeon switched to a more invasive open procedure and the hospital filed a report with the FDA.

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Complications Named in Approximately 500 Reports Filed with FDA

According to an Associated Press report, this is just one of at least 500 adverse event reports involving the da Vinci surgery robot that have been filed with the FDA since January 2, 2012.

Healthtechzone.com also pointed to a 2011 research paper published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality that showed 41 percent of hospitals in the U.S. promoted robotic surgeries using the da Vinci Surgical System. 89 percent of those hospitals said robotic surgeries offered patients less pain, quicker recovery times, less scarring and lower risk for infection.

Approved in 2000, the da Vinci Surgical System is now used in hysterectomies, gall bladder removals, prostate removals, heart surgeries, thyroid cancer procedures and more.

Court documents indicated that there were more than 26 da Vinci Robot lawsuits pending in courts throughout the U.S. as of May 2013 by plaintiffs who allegedly experienced excessive bleeding, bowel injuries, cut ureters and even death after being exposed to the device.

On May 24th, shareholders for Intuitive Surgical filed a class action lawsuit after they allege the company “recklessly disregarded” safety data regarding the da Vinci Surgical System and posted “quarter after quarter of record financial results.” In turn, this led to “fraud-inflated” stock prices worth millions. (Case No. 3:13-cv-02365-SC)

Not to mention the growing number of surgeries being aided by the da Vinci robot. “Due in large part to what the public has recently learned were disreputable and unsafe practices, the number of U.S. procedures done with the robots grew to approximately 367,000 in 2012, up from 292,000 in 2011 and 228,000 in 2010,” the lawsuit stated.

Did You Experience Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Complications? Contact Us Today.

For those who underwent a procedure aided by the da Vinci Surgery Robot and experienced bowel injuries, excessive bleeding, cut ureters or even death, you are not alone. Contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to join the growing number of plaintiffs who are filing da Vinci Robot lawsuits against Intuitive Surgical. Please call us at (877) 779-1414.

Published June 6, 2013 by