Recent news reports have featured disturbing information about the robot-assisted da Vinci Surgical Systems and the sometimes fatal complications to which they are linked.
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On Nov. 1, PBS NewsHour reported that complications caused by da Vinci Surgical Systems were being underreported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The PBS piece focused on a study published earlier this year in the Journal for Healthcare Quality; that study found multiple instances of inadequate reporting of potential complications related to the da Vinci system, including at least five cases in which no FDA report was even filed.
Meanwhile, a Bloomberg Businessweek article detailed that Intuitive surgical robot incident reports doubled over the past year. Intuitive Surgical manufactures and markets the da Vinci robotic surgery system.
According to Bloomberg, the FDA received 3,697 adverse incident reports through Nov. 3, which compares with 1,595 in 2012. Reported complications include:
- Internal burns
- Tissue tears
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
Intuitive Surgical is facing an increasing number of lawsuits on behalf of those who suffered serious injuries due to the da Vinci Surgical System.
If you or a family member was harmed by the use of a da Vinci surgical robot, please contact Long & Long today to learn how we can help. Our accomplished personal injury attorneys welcome clients from the greater Mobile area and across Alabama.