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Robotic surgery first began in 2000, and has since become a common method used in many types of surgeries.

Due to increase concerns of reported problems and deaths associated with this surgical method, the FDA is doing research to determine if the disadvantages outweigh the advantages.

Specifically, a surgical robot by the name of da Vinci, which was the robotic surgical method in approximately 400,000 surgical procedures across the U.S. during 2012, is under review by the FDA due to concerns that several deaths and injuries could be connected to the da Vinci robot method of surgery.

As with any machine, unusual things can happen if there is a malfunction of the equipment, and the malfunction of this surgical robot has reportedly caused the robot’s hand to grasp tissue during surgery and not let go. In addition, its robotic arm has hit another patient on the operating table during surgery.

Some of the advantages touted by robotic surgery methods include smaller incisions and camera tipped instruments that the surgeons control with their hands.

The robotic method of surgery has been used for the following types of surgery:

  • Gallbladder removal
  • Hysterectomies
  • Bariatric surgery
  • Prostate removal
  • Heart valve repair
  • Organ transplants

It is estimated that approximately one out of four hospitals in the U.S. now use a minimum of one da Vinci Robotic method of surgery.  Last year there were five deaths associated with the use of this method of surgery, along with several reports of other types of injuries, including burn injuries that caused suture failures due to skin being burned and compromised.

Alexandria Medical Malpractice Representation

If you have been injured or lost a loved one resulting from injuries received during a robotic surgical procedure, contact an Alexandria medical malpractice attorney at Kamerow Law Firm today for a free consultation.