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Lawsuit Alleges da Vinci Surgical Robot Design Flaws Led to Death

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A lawsuit has been filed alleging that design flaws in the da Vinci surgical robot led to at least one death. The da Vinci surgical robot is marketed by Intuitive Surgical Inc. and has been on the market since 2000.

Gilmore McCall, the father of a woman, 24, who died two weeks after undergoing hysterectomy surgery with the da Vinci surgical robot is now suing Intuitive Surgical. Allegations include that the system has design flaws and caused his daughters death and that Intuitive Surgical Inc. failed to properly train physicians and that it “suppressed reports of complications, and has oversold the merits of its da Vinci robot to hospitals considering buying it,” said Mass Device, citing court documents. The lawsuit was filed in a federal New York court on April 4, 2012.

According to McCalla, Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci system burned one of his daughter’s arteries and her intestines during surgery, wrote Mass Device. Separately, McCall accused the surgeon and the hospital of being careless and for not discovering the damage to his daughter’s body. The surgical robot, said McCalla, was constructed with dangerous design flaws including uninsulated surgical arms that might “allow electrical currents to jump to healthy internal organs and tissue,” said Mass Device. McCalla also alleges that Intuitive Surgical never appropriately trained physicians to use the device.

The system is constructed with a console through which surgeons manipulate robotic arms with surgical tools, explained Mass Device. Long used in prostatectomy surgery, and recently adding hysterectomy surgery to its approved uses, the device just received U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approval for gall bladder surgery. The system operates remotely with several arms placed inside a patient that burn away tissue so that a diseased organ can be removed. A camera is also part of the set-up.

A number of da Vinci robot complications have been reported in medical journals in an array of surgeries, including hysterectomies, other gynecologic surgery, and prostate surgery and include tears and burns to blood vessels, intestines, uterus, and vaginal cuff dehiscence. Injuries are often discovered post surgery.

Robotic surgery is significantly more expensive than the laparoscopic or open surgery it replaces, and experts in medical literature question the price and assertions that outcomes are improved. McCalla’s lawsuit alleges that Intuitive Surgery never sponsored any comparative safety tests in which patients are selected prospectively, versus simply looking at results, which is what occurs today. Also, cost-benefit ratio evaluations have medical groups questioning the use and benefits of robotic over traditional surgery, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Kaiser Foundation.

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