Da Vinci Hysterectomy Lawsuits are currently being investigated on behalf of women who suffered serious complications after undergoing hysterectomy procedures with the da Vinci Surgical System. The robot, which is designed to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach, has been linked to hysterectomy complications such as cuff dehiscence, bladder injuries, ureter damage, the need for painful revision surgeries, and death. In response to the numerous adverse events associated with the da Vinci Robot, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has opposed the use of the device for hysterectomy procedures.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered serious health complications after undergoing a hysterectomy with the da Vinci Surgical Robot, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
Da Vinci Hysterectomy Complications
First approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in July 2000, the da Vinci Robot is a state-of-the-art medical device that features four remote controlled arms and a camera which allows surgeons to operate with a joystick-like control. Intuitive Surgical, the company that manufactures and markets the da Vinci Surgical System, states that the benefits of its product include faster recovery times, better outcomes, smaller scars, less bleeding and pain. However, over the past several years, a number of patients who have undergone hysterectomy procedures with the robot have reported suffering severe health complications including:
- Surgical Burns to Arteries or Organs
- Peritonitis (painful and tender inflammation of the lining of the abdomen)
- Excessive bleeding
- Burning of nearby organs including the intestines
- Punctured blood vessels, organs or arteries
- Burns and/or tears of the intestines
- Severe bowel injuries
- Punctured or cut ureters
- Vaginal cuff dehiscence (reopening of the incision made to remove the uterus and cervix during a hysterectomy)
- Additional Surgical Procedures Following Robot Surgery
- Wrongful Death
Da Vinci Hysterectomy Lawsuits allege that Intuitive Surgical failed to adequately research the device before bringing it to market, and failed to warn the public about the serious risks linked to the robot. Many complaints also allege that the da Vinci Surgical System is fundamentally defective because it relies on monopolar energy to operate on tissues, even though safer methods are widely available on the market. Additionally, it has been alleged that the arms of the robot are not properly insulated, and can allow electrical currents to pass into patients’ bodies.
In addition to the design problems associated with the surgical robot, it has been alleged that Intuitive does not adequately train surgeons on how to use the device. It has been estimated that as many as 200 surgeries must be done before a surgeon knows how to use the robot correctly, though Intuitive only provides two days of training and four live supervised procedures. These inadequate training measures can cause complications which could be avoided by properly trained surgeons.
Click here to learn more about da Vinci hysterectomy procedures versus traditional total laparoscopic hysterectomy from the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Do I Have a Da Vinci Hysterectomy Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in da Vinci Robot lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new Da Vinci hysterectomy lawsuits in all 50 states.
Free Da Vinci Hysterectomy Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, If you or a loved one has suffered serious complications after undergoing a hysterectomy that involved the da Vinci Surgical Robot, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.