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The daVinci surgical robot has been used in many surgeries across the US and was designed to make surgery less invasive. Critics and patients, however, say the daVinci robot may not be medically necessary and may put patients at risk of serious injury and even death. DaVinci robot lawsuits have been filed, alleging patients suffered severe, life-threatening injury due to the surgical robot.


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DaVinci Surgical Robot Complaints

The daVinci surgical robot was designed to allow surgeons to perform operations through small incisions with more clarity. The robot, first used in the US in 2000, has four remote-controlled arms and a 3-D camera, all designed to make urologic, laparoscopic, and gynecologic surgery less invasive. Less invasive surgery means less blood loss and quicker healing time.

Concerns have been raised, however, that doctors are not properly trained in using the robot, possibly resulting in harm to patients. Among injuries linked to robotic surgeries are burns, lacerated bladders and cut ureters. Some patients who suffered injury during a robotic surgery have required additional surgeries to repair the damage.

Meanwhile, a report by Citron Research questions whether the daVinci robot is medically necessary for gynecological or prostate sugeries. Despite the robot being used for more than 10 years, "there is still a severe vacuum of real scientific evidence that the daVinci is of any clinical benefit when the full arc of costs and outcomes are weighed," the report states. The report also cites the death of two patients undergoing "routine" hysterectomies.

DaVinci Robot Lawsuits

Lawsuits have reportedly been filed against Intuitive Surgery, alleging patients were seriously harmed by the daVinci surgical robot. One such lawsuit was filed by the family of a 24-year-old woman, alleging the woman died two weeks after a hysterectomy involving the robot. According to the lawsuit, the patient developed burns on an artery and on her intestines. The lawsuit blames lack of surgeon training in the use of the robot and a design flaw in the robot that allows an electrical current to jump to healthy tissue.

In a different lawsuit, the family of a 42-year-old man alleged a doctor was not properly trained in using the robot, causing his patient's death.

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November 30, 2013
New York, NY The recently released report by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with regard to the DaVinci surgical robot and the potential cause of operating room injuries provides a snapshot of opinion from those in the field, either from a hands-on perspective or those having a capacity to observe READ MORE

Number of Operating Room Injuries Linked to Robot Surgery Reportedly Increasing
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November 20, 2013
Washington, DC Patients who have suffered an operating room injury during robotic surgery may not be surprised by reports that the number of robot-related surgical injuries is on the rise. Concerns about injuries linked to robotic surgery are conveyed in da Vinci robot lawsuits, alleging patients were seriously harmed because of the use of the robot during surgery--sometimes by surgeons who allegedly received inadequate training. Now, preliminary reports from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggest that such injuries may be on the rise READ MORE

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October 20, 2013
Bermuda Dunes, CA When Teresa Hershey of California talked to her doctor about a proposed hysterectomy, the potential for having the surgery undertaken with the aid of a DaVinci surgical robot sounded like a good idea at the time. “It sounded good,” she told Bloomberg News (10/8/13). “[My doctor] sold me on it.” The 41-year-old resident of Bermuda Dunes recalls being impressed with videos on YouTube emphasizing the precision possible with the DaVinci robot. However, following the procedure, Hershey contends she was left with an injury from the robotic surgery, and plans to launch a lawsuit against Intuitive Surgical Inc., the manufacturer of the $1.5 million da Vinci surgical robot READ MORE
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Darlene I
Had a hysterectomy in Oct 2014. Took everything but my ovaries. First 12 weeks were fine. After I was released from my doctor, everything went wrong. I still have a period each month. My doctor has blown me off, been to 2 other docs that want to do exploratory surgery to figure out what is going on. I think my doctor screwed up and left my cervix behind. Not really interested in being cut open so they can practice on me again. If I had to do this over, I would have lived with the painful periods the rest of my life.

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Elizabeth Gonzales
I had a hysterectomy and left with an acquired bacteria known as Klebsiella Pneumonia that has been difficult to treat. I have been seen by several specialists to include the infectious disease with repeated visits for an IV antibiotic that is not clearing the infection. Doctors beleive ths most likely was acquired through the hospital. I experience quite a bit of urinde discomfort for over 8 months with no answers and added medical bills. Can the hospital be liable for medical bills and compensation.

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LaGuana Sanford
I had a partial hysterectomy October 31,2016 and they torn my bladder. I went home the next day. I was hurting do bad Friday November 4,2016 so I went back to the hospital they found out they mess my bladder up so I went into another surgery that same day

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Joyce Pottts
Husband went for DaVinci robotic surgery for prostectomy in April 39, 2016. Crashed the next day and has been in ICU ever since. He almost died twice of complications with two additional surgeries necessary to save his life. Doctors will not thoroughly explain what happened. Florida Hospital, Celebration, FL.

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Internal bleeding after surgery. Went to emergency room two times after surgery.

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Dr. removed wrong part of colon, severed colon second time to find cancer. Patient, my husband, never informed of mistake. Patient sent home on 3rd day not having BM. Next day very ill. Notified Dr. who said take Gas-X, never said return to hospital. Colon had come apart. Patient critical with peritonitis. Delray Beach hospital refused re-admittance. Hospitalized 85 days as a result. Permanent ileostomy; Cleveland Clinic consulted regarding reversal said, "this part of your body has been rendered unusable forever." Patient living, but permanently disabled.

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I had my prostate removed via the use of the DaVinci Robot. My surgeon said that it would do a better job and that it would allow him to see everything better and would allow him to see exactly what blood veins and tissue that he was cutting and that it would leave me impotent. Everything that my surgeon said was a lie. Instead of being in the hospital 1 night, I was in the hospital 30 days. During those thirty days I almost bled to death twice and the nurses had to call the blue team to resituate me or I would have died. I could not eat, I lost weight, I could not walk, I had to stay in bed. Since I had my DaVinci Robotic surgery, I had to have six(6) more operations because of the damages that the DaVinci Robot cause me. I have had to have 2 incontinence operations, three hernia operations and a penile implant that does not work for me because of the damages that the DaVinci Robotic surgery caused. Also, due to fact that I was in the hospital 30 days, almost died twice, I now have to see a psychiatrist and a therapist and I will have to do this for the rest of my life. I have to take psych. medications, Xanax 4-times per day and Effexor XR 225 MG 1- per day. I will never have sex again during my life time because of the damages that the DaVinci Robot caused. I do not have any quality of life since I had my DaVinci Robotic Surgery. People considering having their operations via the use of the DaVinci Robot had better think twice before having the surgery with the DaVinci Robot. If I had it to do over I would have elected to go with conventional surgery using a scalpel.

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My mother died from robotic heart surgery complications. She never awoke after surgery, developed edema of the brain and died two days later after being pulled off of life support.

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I was bleeding internally from the surgery and came near death from having a hysterectomy done. Had to end up having a second surgery done to find the 8 blood clots and the bleeding.


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