Da Vinci Surgical Robot System
Da Vinci Robot Surgical System is a FDA approved device used in robot-assisted surgeries, including hysterectomies and prostatectomies. The device [see picture] has four robotic arms that are controlled and operated by a surgeon at a console using foot-pedals, joysticks and a 3-D viewfinder. The Da Vinci performs surgeries using smaller “keyhole” incisions in lieu of the traditionally larger incisions. Popularity of the Da Vinci robot has increased. By the year 2010, nearly 10% of all hysterectomies were being performed using this device. Now hundreds of hospitals use the Da Vinci robot for surgical procedures, such as cancer treatments, hysterectomies, prostatectomy, thoracic surgery, gynecological procedures, heart surgeries and more.
Although it was originally marketed as a technologically-advanced, superior alternative to traditional surgery, numerous problems and complications are now being reported. Complications associated with the Da Vinci System are in some cases life-threatening surgical mistakes, organ perforations and lacerations, burns and electrocutions of the tissues. The Journal of American Medical Association wrote in March of 2013 that it did not recommend the use of DaVinci Robotics of surgery. [http://www.fiercebiotech.com/story/fda-echoes-questions-over-intuitives-surgical-robot/2013-03-01]
If you or a loved one was injured by Da Vinci robot or suffered complications from a surgical procedure where a Da Vinci robot was used, contact Brooks Law Office where your concerns will be heard.