The da Vinci Surgical System is the first surgery robot approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It is intended to enable physicians to conduct complicated yet minimally invasive surgeries. It offers a lighted camera and magnified vision to see into the body and wristed instruments that can rotate and bend further than the human hand. The system is used for urology, gynecology, thoracic surgery, cardiac surgery, and other general surgeries.
While the use of the da Vinci and other robotic surgical tools is increasing throughout the U.S., they are not without their defects and risks. Like many other patients, you may experience complications during your surgery related to the use of the surgery robot or a defect in the machine. Complications can range from infections to organ damage, and they can be minimal to life-threatening.
If you have suffered complications due to surgery robots, such as the da Vinci system, you should contact us at Kisling, Nestico & Redick right away. The technology that is created and used to help you should not cause you harm. When it does, you need to speak with an experienced attorney about whether you have a valid product liability claim. If you do, we can guide you through seeking the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
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You May Experience Complications After a Procedure Performed by a Surgery Robot
Surgery robots can lead to a variety of harmful complications including:
- Hardware malfunctions: Surgery robots can enable surgeons to perform minimally invasive surgery. However, that is if the machine works properly. Defects within the machine can cause one or more arms to malfunction, which in turn, can lead to severe injuries. When something goes wrong with one of the robotic arms, physicians must switch to a different surgical approach. This switch increases the likelihood of complications. Depending on the results of the malfunction, surgeons may have to make a more significant incision to complete the procedure and repair any damage.
- Software malfunctions: Some surgical robots have software intended to assist the surgeon, or at the very least, translate the surgeon’s movements into the robot’s movements. If the surgery robot’s software malfunctions, its surgical arms may not behave as intended, causing you harm.
- Human errors: Performing surgery through the da Vinci or another robotic tool takes a great deal of training, practice, and continued use. Physicians who are just beginning to use surgery robots or who use the machines rarely have a greater likelihood of making a mistake and causing you harm.
- Organ damage: If a surgery robot arm malfunctions or the surgeon makes a mistake, the device can cut, tear, or puncture nearby organs. This new injury can cause significant bleeding, intense pain, and could require additional surgical intervention.
- Electrical burns: Some patients undergoing a procedure with da Vinci have experienced burns when electricity escapes through the instrument without the physician noticing due to occurring out of the range of the camera.
- Complications with female reproductive surgeries: Research has shown surgery robots can be helpful in a variety of surgeries, however, they are tentatively linked to increased complications for hysterectomies or the removal of ovarian cysts.
- Longer duration under anesthesia: While the robotic arms may allow for a more precise operation, using a surgery robot does not necessarily lead to a faster surgery. In some situations, using a surgery robot increases the duration of an operation and the time you have to be under anesthesia. The longer you are under anesthesia, the greater the risk of developing anesthesia-related complications.
- Infection: Every surgery comes with a risk of infection. However, the likelihood of acquiring an infection related to a procedure increases if the surgical robot is not properly sanitized between uses or covered during your procedure.
Your Legal Options When You Are Injured by a Surgery Robot
If your surgery was performed through the use of a robot and you suffered harm because of it, call us at Kisling, Nestico & Redick right away. Common reasons for surgery robot complications are hardware and software malfunctions. These can arise due to a design, manufacturing, or a warning defect.
You may not be sure if a defect caused your complication. This is exactly why you should speak with an experienced attorney who can investigate your situation. The makers of da Vinci have faced thousands of product liability claims because various defects have been discovered in their product. Therefore, there is a high chance that your injuries were caused by a defect, and the surgery robot’s manufacturer is liable.
If we obtain evidence that the surgery robot used in your surgery was defective giving you a valid product liability claim, we will guide you through the legal process. While you focus on healing, we will handle the legal and administrative tasks of your claim.
Through a product liability claim, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, physical and psychological pain and suffering, a reduction in your enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium.
Let Kisling, Nestico & Redick Help You
Our legal team at Kisling, Nestico & Redick has years of experience handling dangerous medical device cases. Once we hear your story, we will thoroughly investigate your situation and potential claim. If you have a valid product liability case and you wish to move forward with it, we will aggressively pursue your right to compensation.
You do not have to let what happened to you go unnoticed. You have legal options. At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we are not afraid to go up against major medical manufacturers. We are here to hold these businesses responsible for their defective products and injuries they cause in order to help you receive justice.
To learn more about your rights after being injured by a surgery robot, contact us at 1-800-HURT-NOW or online to schedule a risk free consultation.