New York, New York (PRWEB) March 15, 2013
Already named in a growing number of da Vinci surgical robot lawsuits, the da Vinci Surgical System may be facing more controversy, Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports. According to Bloomberg News, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has advised its members that robotic surgery for hysterectomies doesn’t improve outcomes and shouldn’t be the first choice for most women. Among other things, the group asserted that the da Vinci robot system is limited and surgeons learning how to use the technology may experience a higher rate of da Vinci surgery complications.*
“Recent media reports and a number of da Vinci robot lawsuits have raised serious concerns about this technology. It’s not surprising that the ACOG would take this position,” says Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a nationwide law firm representing the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. The Firm is currently offering free da Vinci robot lawsuit consultations to individuals who suffered serious complications in hysterectomies, prostate removals and other procedures involving the da Vinci Surgical System.
Da Vinci Surgery Complications
According to Bloomberg, about 600,000 hysterectomies are performed in the U.S. each year. In 2012, the da Vinci Surgical System was used in about 176,000 of those. Barbara Levy, the ACOG’s vice president for health policy, told Bloomberg that the da Vinci “is absolutely not” the least invasive type of hysterectomy, and pointed out that scars left by the da Vinci are often larger and more visible. She also asserted that the technology comes with a significant learning curve, and that the likelihood of da Vinci surgery complications is much higher if a doctor is not proficient. Finally, Levy maintained that hospital and industry marketing for robotic surgery often includes “cherry picked and very misleading information” comparing robotic hysterectomies to traditional operations with large incisions, rather than other minimally invasive procedures.
The ACOG is not the only group concerned about the da Vinci robot. Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) had sent a survey to hospitals participating in an agency-run product safety network asking doctors to provide information about da Vinci surgery complications. According to the same report, at least 10 da Vinci surgical robot lawsuits alleging injuries to internal organs, including the liver, rectum and spleen, as well as one involving a punctured heart valve, have so far been filed on behalf of individuals who suffered serious complications in surgeries where the technology was used.** Prior to the publication of the Bloomberg report, a study appeared in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) that questioned the overall benefits of robot-assisted hysterectomy in light of the increased costs associated with such procedures.***
Patients who suffered surgical burns, organ damage, or other serious injuries allegedly due to the da Vinci Surgical System may be entitled to file a da Vinci robot lawsuit to obtain compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. A wealth of information regarding da Vinci surgery complications is available at Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. For additional information, please call Bernstein Liebhard LLP today at (877) 779-1414.
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