A recent study has raised additional questions about the need for robotic assisted surgery in many cases. The research suggests that the da Vinci surgical robot should be reserved for procedures that are much more complicated, and that cannot be easily handled by laparoscopic surgery.
At the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ annual meeting, researchers from St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital Center reported that 10% of patients operated on through robotic surgery for pelvic lesions suffered major postoperative complications, compared to 7% of those who underwent laparoscopy. Patients are more likely to suffer complications, pay more, and are under the knife longer than patients treated through laparoscopic surgery.
The da Vinci Surgical System, first introduced in 2000, is controlled by a surgeon looking at a virtual reality representation of the patient’s internal organs and manipulating its four metal arms with hand and foot controls. Use of the surgical robot has increased dramatically throughout the United States.
As concerns continue to mount over the safety of the da Vinci surgical robot, and claims begin to arise, other recent studies have come to similar conclusions. Earlier this month, Intuitive Surgical, the da Vinci manufacturer, warned that cauterizing scissors used with the robot, known as Hot Shears, could have micro-cracks that could cause patients to suffer electrical burns to internal organs.
The company currently faces dozens of da Vinci robotic surgery lawsuits, which allege that patients suffered burns, tears and other injuries that were caused by the defective design of the machine, inadequate warnings and a lack of proper training provided by the manufacturer for surgeons.
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