da Vinci Surgical Robot Dangers
The da Vinci® surgical robot is an advanced surgical tool used in more than 2,000 medical facilities around the world. It allows surgeons to remotely perform complex laparoscopic surgeries, such as hysterectomies and prostate removals, using controls on a separate, interactive console.
The increasing popularity of the da Vinci robot has raised questions about its benefits over traditional surgeries, and several studies have failed to prove its safety and efficiency. Critics also argue that there are limited training opportunities available to doctors using the device, despite its approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration more than 10 years ago.
Serious Risks and Complications
While the da Vinci’s 3-D camera and pivoting tools allow for extreme maneuverability during surgeries, surgeons lose the sense of touch they traditionally rely when performing procedures. The lack of tactile feedback can make it easier for arteries, nerves, and organs to be cut or burned during procedures.
Additionally, a 2004 study published by the journal Surgical Endoscopy suggested patients who had adrenal glands removed using the da Vinci robot had an increased chance of developing complications requiring additional invasive surgical procedures.
You May Be Entitled to Compensation
If you or a loved one has experienced serious complications during or after a da Vinci procedure, Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough can help. Our defective medical device attorneys may be able to get you compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact our legal staff today to get the legal help you deserve—just dial (800) 210-8503 or complete a free initial consultation form.
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