One of the hottest trends in medicine over the last decade has been the
rise of minimally-invasive robotic surgery. As of March 31, 2014, there
were 2,116 da Vinci Surgical Systems installed in United States health
care facilities and there are currently 11 facilities in West Virginia
that have da Vinci Surgical Systems.
Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the company that manufactures the da Vinci robots
aggressively markets its surgical robots as safe, effective, and superior
to traditional open surgical procedures or other minimally-invasive surgical
procedures such as laparoscopy. However, much speculation surrounds the
da Vinci robots: studies have indicated that robotic surgeries offer no
better results than alternative surgical procedures albeit at a premium
price; lawsuits have been filed against Intuitive Surgical, Inc. alleging
that the da Vinci Surgical System has caused severe injuries and even
death to patients undergoing robotic surgeries; and the FDA has cracked
down on Intuitive Surgical, Inc. for failing to report adverse events
associated with its products and for engaging in a secret recall of accessory
tip covers that caused patient injuries such as intra-operative thermal
burns. One thing is clear, Intuitive Surgical, Inc. has failed to disclose
important information to patients, doctors, hospitals, and the FDA.
If you or a loved one has received a da Vinci robotic surgery, then call
our legal team. Even if you do not believe you suffered a physical injury
during a robotic surgery, you may have a claim! Our legal team will listen
to your da Vinci robotic surgery story and help you understand your rights
under the law.