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da Vinci Surgical System Injuries and Complications

Reports continue to come in regarding injuries that are alleged to be a result of a defective component in the da Vinci Surgical System robot.

Last month, Intuitive Surgical, the manufacturer of the da Vinci system, issued an urgent medical device notification informing doctors that “certain versions” the device’s “Hot Shears Monopolar Curved Scissors” may develop micro-cracks that may not be visible to the surgeon and medical team.

Injuries, complications, and side effects could include one or several of the following:

  • surgical burns to arteries and organs
  • punctured organs
  • bowel injuries
  • excessive bleeding
  • death

While the manufacturer says in their notification they know of only one potential injury, there may be as many as several dozen patient injuries and one death at this time.

 

Articles:

Intuitive Surgical Flags ‘Potential Issue’ With Robot CNBC

Marketing is Key to Surgical Robot’s Success CNBC (excerpted from longer documentary “The da Vinci Debate“)

 

 

 

 

 

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