Dr. Jack Tolliver represents a growing number of Kentucky patients who have been victims of the da Vinci robot system’s surgical errors. Sold by Intuitive Surgical, the da Vinci surgical system has been under investigation by the FDA after receiving reports of almost 5,000 patient injuries and nearly 100 wrongful deaths connected with the da Vinci system.
Since its debut in 2000, da Vinci robots have been used in thousands of hysterectomies and prostate removal surgeries nationwide. Now, the machine is also being used for gastric bypasses, cancer removals, gall bladder surgeries, and other procedures. An estimated 200,000 surgeries were completed with the da Vinci robot in 2012 alone.
Reports of injuries associated with the da Vinci surgical robots include:
- Cut or punctured ureters
- Sepsis (fatal blood infection)
- Burns or tears on nearby organs, especially intestines
- Punctured blood vessels, arteries, or nearby organs
- Bowel injuries
- Peritonitis (inflammation of the abdomen lining)
If you suffered after a da Vinci robotic surgery, contact Dr. Tolliver for a free consultation to quickly see if you have a case of medical malpractice.
Da Vinci robot and medical malpractice
Many of the current lawsuits against the makers of the da Vinci surgical robot allege that the company has not properly trained surgeons on the machine. When hospitals purchase a da Vinci robot, Intuitive Surgical sponsors a two-day training course for two surgeons; however, many hospitals, doctors, and victims alike believe the training is insufficient for preparing surgeons to use the device.
In a Wall Street Journal article about the FDA’s investigation into Intuitive Surgical, several surgeons asserted that it takes at least 200 surgeries on actual patients to become proficient in the robot’s operation. That means thousands of patients every year are being operated on without their surgeons being fully skilled.
Some lawsuits have also pointed to defective parts in the da Vinci robot that have led to injuries. After the death of his 24-year-old daughter, a father in New York filed a lawsuit in 2012 claiming design flaws in the machine led to the burning of his daughter’s artery and intestines, which led to her death two weeks later.
The medical journal Surgical Endoscopy reported that certain surgeries performed with the da Vinci robot “were more likely to have complications that required the surgeon to open them up all the way than those who underwent traditional laparoscopy surgery.”
Patients hurt by a da Vinci surgical robot may have a medical malpractice case if their doctor or hospital clearly acted negligently and allowed their care to fall below an acceptable standard. For instance, a hospital may be found guilty of negligence if it allowed its surgeons to operate the robot without proper training. Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the robot, could be found guilty of negligence if the robot had defected parts that caused severe injury or death.
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Dr. Jack Tolliver is a successful physician and personal injury lawyer who understands the complexities of both hospitals and courtrooms.
If you or a loved one may have been injured by a da Vinci surgical robot, we encourage you to contact our firm and learn more. With our team’s medical experience, we can thoroughly and quickly review your case at no charge. If we accept your case, we will pursue maximum compensation. We never pass on costs and expenses if we do not recover damages.