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Da Vinci Robot Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes FDA Finding that Robotic Surgery Complications Linked to da Vinci Robot Doubled in Past Year
Date:11/11/2013

ived 1,595 reports of robotic surgery complications. The 11 doctors included in the agency’s survey, each of whom had performed between 70 to 600 da Vinci operations each, said they had observed a number of injuries while using the device, including reversible limb palsy, temporary nerve damage in the fingers, seromas in obese patients, bleeding from perforated bowels, urethral stricture/stenosis, and peripheral vision loss.

According to the Bloomberg.com report, Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the manufacturer of the robot, has been named a defendant in at least 50 da Vinci robot lawsuits filed on behalf of patients who were allegedly injured by the device. In a regulatory filing issued by Intuitive Surgical last month, the company stated that many of the da Vinci lawsuits allege that patient injuries were the result of defects in the da Vinci Surgical System and/or failure on the Company’s part to provide adequate training resources to the healthcare professionals who performed the surgeries.**

This is not the first time the FDA has raised concerns about potential robotic surgery complications associated with the da Vinci. In July, the FDA issued a warning letter to Intuitive Surgical after agency inspectors determined that it hadn’t adequately reported device corrections and patient adverse events in some cases.***

Individuals allegedly injured by the da Vinci Surgical System may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages. Learn More about the types of robotic surgery complications that may be associated with da Vinci procedures at Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website, or the Firm’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/davincirobotlawsuit. For a free, no-
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