D. Miller & Associates, PLLC Comments on Underreported Complications With Robotic Surgeries, According to New Johns Hopkins Study

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Robotic surgery complications have been chronically underreported according to a recent article published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality. "The underreported complications have created a false sense of safety of the surgery and errors in U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards," says Darren Miller, founding attorney of D. Miller & Associates, PLLC.

Minimally invasive robotic surgery technologies, like the daVinci system have been touted as the new method of surgery, but underreporting might lead would-be patients to think otherwise. In a recently published article in the Journal for Healthcare Quality, it was reported that only 245 complications had been reported in the about 1 million robotic surgeries since 2000.* Of those 245 reported complications, 71 were patient deaths.* The study notes this is far fewer complications that would be expected in 1 million surgeries.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that complications from medications or surgical procedures utilizing devices, like the daVinci robotic surgery system, be reported. The complications are reported by the surgeon to the manufacturer who then, in turn, reports the complication to the FDA. There have been several unsettling instances in which complications were only reported to the FDA after they had gained the attention of the media.* "Improper reporting of complications causes the FDA’s safety profile of these devices to be inaccurate and creates a false sense of security," says Darren Miller, founding attorney of D. Miller & Associates, PLLC.

Robotic surgery systems, like daVinci, utilize a minimally invasive process in which the surgeon directs the instruments from a control panel, sometimes located in another room. This technique can be used for a variety of surgical procedures but allows access to areas that might not be easily reached by a surgeon’s fingers.

For those who have been seriously injured as the result of a daVinci robotic surgical procedure, help may be available. Those injuries that may qualify include:

  •     Tears and/ or burns of the intestines
  •     Punctured blood vessels
  •     Punctured and/ or cut ureters
  •     Severe bowel injuries
  •     Vaginal cuff dehiscence
  •     Excessive bleeding
  •     Surgical burns
  •     Sepsis
  •     Peritonitis
  •     Death

Those who think they may have suffered one of the above injuries should contact their medical professional and seek the advice of an attorney today.

*http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-09/jhm-rsc090313.php

About D. Miller & Associates, PLLC:

Founded in 2002 by attorney Darren Miller, D. Miller & Associates, PLLC is a national law firm with practice areas in personal injury, asbestos and mesothelioma, defective drugs and devices, business and criminal law. Based in Houston, Texas, the attorneys at D. Miller & Associates, PLLC, have successfully earned their clients compensation through aggressive litigation against even the most powerful of defendants. For a free legal consultation, contact the firm at 1-855-PRO-LAWYERS or at marketing@dmillerlaw.com. For more information, visit our website at http://www.dmillerlaw.com

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