The da Vinci Robot System has Great Promise, but Problems are Present

Ryan Bradley is handling the da Vinci Robot litigation.  The da Vinci Robot system is developed and marketed by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. which is a large, powerful medical corporation based in California.  As has been heavily reported in the media, there have been an increasing number of injuries from da Vinci Robot surgery.  Such injuries include burns, damaged vessels or organs, bleeding and in some cases even death.  These injuries are sustained by the patients during surgical procedures.  Koester & Bradley, LLP has learned that across Central Illinois and especially Champaign and Urbana, the da Vinci system is heavily used.  The Food and Drug Administration has noticed these injuries as well and has launched an investigation to determine whether Intuitive Surgical, Inc.’s device is responsible for the allegations in the complaints.

If you are or a loved one has undergone surgery using the da Vinci surgical robot and suffered an injury, please do not hesitate to contact Ryan Bradley who will personally review your claim to help determine, at no cost to you, whether you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer for compensation.  Koester & Bradley, LLP attorneys handle each of their cases in Central Illinois.  

After years of injuries, Intuitive warned hospitals in May 2013 that a component used in its da Vinci surgical robot system may be putting patients at risk for burn injuries.  According to the company’s urgent notification, some versions of the system’s Hot Shears may be prone to small cracks and may not be visible. 

Despite the burn risk, Intuitive Surgical, Inc. has elected not to recall the da Vinci Robot system that is used in hospitals and surgical centers throughout Illinois.

Since 2009, the number of surgeries reported to be using the da Vinci system has increased by more than 50%.  At the same time, the number of adverse events reported to the FDA jumped from 24 in 2009 to at least 115 in 2012.  The number of informal incident reports sent to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) since 2009 include 70 reported deaths.

Some examples in which the robot has been chosen over its alternative procedure, laparoscopic surgery, include:

  • Complete or partial hysterectomies
  • Treatment of uterine fibroids
  • Kidney disorders
  • Prostate removal procedures
  • Throat and kidney cancers
  • Endometriosis
  • Heavy intrauterine bleeding
  • Surgeries to reduce obesity

Much of the appeal in the da Vinci Robot is that it allows doctors to perform surgeries without opening up the patient. Unfortunately, these types of procedures have their own risks.  At lease initially, problems and injuries resulting from the surgeries were overlooked or connected with other modes of injury.

Complications or errors that have been referred to in lawsuits and through witness interviews include:
  • Burns
  • Punctured vessels or organs
  • Uterus lacerations
  • Intestinal tearing
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Death
Unfortunately, complications from the surgery may not be evident until days after the procedure is completed, which uses up valuable time which could be used to treat the injury.

If you or a loved one has suffered surgical burns, organ damage, or other serious injuries after surgery, you should contact our firm right away.  You may be entitled to file a da Vinci robot lawsuit to obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Ryan will be happy to provide you with a free consultation and evaluation of your case, and let you know exactly what your rights are.