Da Vinci Robot Burn Risk Acknowledged by Manufacturer, Reports Audet and Partners, LLP

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Intuitive Surgical, Inc., manufacturer of the da Vinci Surgical System, publicly acknowledged the issuance of an "urgent medical device warning" to da Vinci users alerting them to the possibility of micro-cracks that can lead to burn injuries in patients.

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William M. Audet, J.D., L.L.M.

These injuries to internal organs are not only seriously debilitating, but were completely out of the realm of contemplation as they faced their laparoscopic procedures.

On May 10, 2013, Intuitive Surgical, Inc., publicly acknowledged the issuance of an “urgent medical device notification” alerting users of the da Vinci robotic surgical system, including hospitals and medical practices, to the possibility of micro-cracks developing in monopolar scissors that accompany the da Vinci robotic system*. These fissures, undetectable by the unaided human eye, can allow electrical charges to escape the surgical instrument and cause serious burns to internal organs resulting in serious injuries to patients*.

In the Urgent Medical Device Notification* issued by Intuitive's Richard Reeves, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, physicians conducting surgery with the da Vinci system were warned to take certain precautions when using the EndoWrist Monopolar Curved Scissors including more closely considering patient condition prior to da Vinci surgery, noting that patients who have received radiation therapy prior to surgery may be particularly susceptible to burn injuries from the da Vinci system*.

According to Attorney William Audet, whose law firm Audet and Partners, LLP represents several da Vinci lawsuit plaintiffs, this type of thermal injury underscores the dangers particularly inherent in robotic surgery. "Traditional, non-robotic surgery presents zero likelihood of thermal burns to internal organs. Unfortunately, we have been approached by many patients who have come away from da Vinci surgery with these serious burn injuries. These injuries to internal organs are not only seriously debilitating, but were completely out of the realm of contemplation as they faced their laparoscopic procedures."

In light of this serious issue with the da Vinci surgical system if you or one close to you has suffered internal burns during a surgical procedure using the da Vinci system, you are urged to immediately contact a da Vinci lawyer at Audet and Partners, LLP for a free case evaluation by calling (800) 965-1461, or visit our da Vinci burn website at http://www.davinci-surgical-robot-lawsuit.com/burns/.

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