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DaVinci Robot Training: “You Can’t Just Go for the Weekend…”

DaVinci Robot Training: “You Can’t Just Go for the Weekend…” November 30, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
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.
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Number of Operating Room Injuries Linked to Robot Surgery Reportedly Increasing

Number of Operating Room Injuries Linked to Robot Surgery Reportedly Increasing November 20, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
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.
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Robotic Surgery: Lots of Hype, but Where’s the Proof of Efficacy?

Robotic Surgery: Lots of Hype, but Where’s the Proof of Efficacy? October 20, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
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.
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Did Intuitive Downplay Risks Associated with daVinci Robot?

Did Intuitive Downplay Risks Associated with daVinci Robot? October 12, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Irvine, CA A report in the Orange County Register (9/20/13) suggests that two surgeons have been working with Intuitive Surgical Inc to downplay the alleged risks associated with the daVinci surgical robot. Intuitive Surgical has come under fire recently for problems with the daVinci robot allegedly resulting in operating room injuries to patients. The company has also faced criticism for underreporting adverse events and aggressively marketing the daVinci robot, despite evidence that the robot does not necessarily make outcomes of certain surgeries significantly better.
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Surgeon’s View: What to Consider Before Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery

Surgeon’s View: What to Consider Before Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery October 4, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Park Ridge, IL Much has been made about the impact robotic surgery has had on the medical profession, and subsequent impact to patients. Reports of operating room injuries related to the use of the da Vinci surgical robot have fostered headlines and triggered debate over traditional surgery v. a robot-assisted procedure with surgeons operating from a highly sophisticated work station.
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An Interview with Robotic Surgeon Dr. Brian Locker

An Interview with Robotic Surgeon Dr. Brian Locker September 24, 2013. By Brenda Craig.
Park Ridge, IL Avoiding the surgeon’s scalpel with minimally invasive surgery, or keyhole surgery as it is often referred to, seems like a miracle of modern medicine. There is plenty of scientific evidence to prove that avoiding large incisions and reducing trauma to the patient results in quicker recovery times, shorter hospital stays and reduced infection rates.
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Da Vinci Lawsuit Plaintiff First to Litigate in New Jersey

Da Vinci Lawsuit Plaintiff First to Litigate in New Jersey September 21, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Newark, NJ A 45-year-old woman from Parlin, New Jersey, has filed a da Vinci lawsuit against the manufacturer of the controversial surgical robot, Intuitive Surgical Inc., alleging problems with the device and injuries suffered following an alleged arcing incident.
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Study: Da Vinci Robot Injuries Underreported

Study: Da Vinci Robot Injuries Underreported September 14, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Washington DC A new study suggests that reporting of da Vinci robot injuries to the US Food and Drug Administration is low, meaning the agency is not aware of all the injuries, including deaths, linked to the da Vinci robot, or is not made aware of them in a timely manner. Meanwhile, da Vinci lawsuits have been flied, alleging patients have been harmed by the use of the surgical robot.
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One Woman’s Da Vinci Complications Beyond Words

One Woman’s Da Vinci Complications Beyond Words September 7, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Baltimore, MD While the da Vinci surgical robot delivers maximum “wow” factor for precision from its 10,000 components and is being deployed at more and more hospitals in spite of a $1.5 million price tag to acquire one, some patients have allegedly suffered negative outcomes from the devices, and have responded with a da Vinci lawsuit.
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Da Vinci Robot Recommendations Result in FDA Scrutiny

Da Vinci Robot Recommendations Result in FDA Scrutiny August 19, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Sunnyvale, CA Intuitive Surgical, Inc. is facing scrutiny regarding its reported da Vinci robot issues. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a report about the company’s actions in the past few months regarding the da Vinci Surgical System device. Meanwhile, da Vinci faces lawsuits alleging patients suffered serious injury as a result of problems with the da Vinci device.
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