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Bad Robot Surgery


More and more patients suffering from surgical burns, organ damage and other bad robot surgery complications allegedly stemming from the da Vinci Surgery Robot are filing lawsuits seeking compensation for the medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages they incurred as a result of their injuries.

According to a report published Mar. 5, 10 claims have been filed against Intuitive Surgical Inc. over the past 14 months.

If you experienced a bad robot surgery complication, contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP to file a claim against the manufacturer at.

Bad Robot Surgery Complications

The da Vinci Surgery Robot is a remote-controlled robot used to assist surgeons in performing minimally-invasive procedures. Originally approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 to aid in urologic, laparoscopic and gynecologic surgeries, the device is now also used in gastric bypass surgeries, gall bladder and prostate removals, thyroid cancer procedures, and even heart surgeries. During 2012, the da Vinci Surgery Robot was used in approximately 500,000 operations.

But where the amount of procedures using the robot has grown, so has the number of complaints filed by patients who have undergone procedures using the device. In 2009, 24 adverse event reports associated with the robot were logged by the FDA, and by 2012, that number had climbed to 115.

It is estimated that the da Vinci Surgery Robot costs between $1 million and $2.25 million, with annual maintenance expenses weighing in at around $140,000 per year.

bad robot surgeryThe following bad robot surgery complications have been named in adverse event reports filed with the FDA:

  • Surgical burns and tears to vital organs
  • Surgical burns and tears to arteries and other blood vessels
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Cut ureters
  • Bowel Injuries
  • Death

Da Vinci Surgery Robot Reports of Complication Name Bleeding, Cut Ureters, Death, and More

A recent report from cited specific FDA-filed adverse event reports of complications associated with the da Vinci Surgical System. In one report involving a hysterectomy performed on Jan. 2, 2013, the complaint said, “The arm jumped, causing the instrument … to stab an artery, which led to some bleeding that the surgeon was able to control without converting the procedure. The scheduled procedure was completed successfully.”

According to the report, the FDA has received reports of 70 deaths tied to use of the da Vinci Surgery Robot since 2009.

Lawsuits filed over the da Vinci Surgery Robot allege the device is designed defectively. Plaintiffs say that since the surgical arms are un-insulated, electrical current may have the potential to jump to a patient’s healthy internal organs and tissue. Surgeons may also lack adequate physical training in using the robot, which could lead to bad robot surgery complications including surgical burns and organ damage.

Plaintiffs in da Vinci Surgery Robot lawsuits seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, a reduced quality of life and wrongful death.

Considering a da Vinci Surgery Robot Lawsuit? Contact a Lawyer Today.

If you suffered injuries after undergoing a procedure that used the da Vinci Surgery Robot manufactured by Intuitive Surgical Inc., you may be eligible to file a lawsuit alleging bad robot surgery complications. Contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP today at.

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