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Da Vinci Robotic Devices Designed to Improve Precision

The da Vinci robotic device is a computer-operated device designed to provide a minimally invasive approach to surgery. The device is controlled by a surgeon through a special surgeon’s console. The console allows the surgeon to control robotic arms and perform surgeries presumably with more precision and less error. Thanks to aggressive marketing, the use of the da Vinci has increased from 359,000 surgeries in 2011 to 523,000 surgeries in 2013. While the device has been successfully used in many surgeries, it is not without its controversy and problems.

Some Surgeons Having Difficulty Operating Da Vinci

While the da Vinci is designed to improve accuracy and make certain surgeries less invasive, some surgeons, particularly surgeons relatively new to the device, are finding it difficult to master. A recent survey conducted by the Food and Drug Administration Center for Devices and Radiological Health (FDA) found some disturbing evidence. Surgeons were asked to state any problems with using the da Vinci device. Many confided that they did not feel comfortable using the robot until upwards of 60 surgeries (on average) had been performed. Since January 2013, the FDA is placing additional scrutiny on both the makers and users of this device. In March of 2013, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended a restriction on the types of surgeries that this device should be used for, expressing concern that it wasn’t as beneficial to patients as first thought.

How Can An Attorney Help?

Have you undergone a procedure using the da Vinci system and have experience and suffered adverse results? You should contact an attorney to discuss the potential for litigation and your chances of compensation.