The da Vinci Surgical System: Another Cause of Personal Injury

The da Vinci Surgical System: Another Cause of Personal Injury

Oct 22

Usually, when a person goes to a doctor, it is to seek treatment and remedy to an already serious ailment that has caused him/her pain and inconvenience for quite a time. A patient in any event, would always expect quality care, but more than this, the solutions to his/her health complaint.

According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, it is the duty of doctors and all other health professionals to render only the best care and make accurate diagnosis of their patient’s concern. When medication cannot do the job the doctor resorts to an invasive procedure to address the issue – through surgery.

Since the year 2000, medical surgery has had a major change in the performance of surgical procedures. The introduction of the da Vinci Surgical System, a multi-armed robot, for minimally-invasive surgeries has made the procedure much less painful and more bloodless (as the incisions required only tiny holes, unlike in open or traditional surgeries which required incisions as long as four inches). The wounds or incisions it made also healed faster as these required only a few stitches.

From 2000 to the middle of 2013, millions of patients around the world have already been operated on using the da Vinci device. This Intuitive Surgical Inc.-manufactured robot has also been acclaimed by surgeons due to its capability in helping them perform surgeries with greater accuracy and precision, especially prostate removal and hysterectomies.

The fame of the da Vinci, however, is marred with reports about the device’s faulty performance. According to the website of the National Injury Law Center, some of the complained injuries caused by the device include: burns/tears to the intestines; excessive bleeding; punctured blood vessels or ureters; severe injury to the bowels and death.

Though the US Food and Drug Administration has received reports about the da Vinci’s adverse events and despite the fact that it has issued a black box warning, the most serious warning the FDA can issue, it cannot recall Intuitive’s product due to conflicting reports about its actual safety and adverse effects.

2 comments

  1. Personal injury is serious business and I am grateful that someone is writing about it.

  2. Your blog is improperly displaying characters when I use Ubunto with Google Chrome. Just thought you should know!

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