Hospitals must take patient safety into account when considering new technologies such as the da Vinci.
(PRWEB) April 04, 2013
A recent study* by the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville shows that one in 15 people who undergo da Vinci robot-assisted prostate, kidney or bladder procedures suffers nerve-related injury. The Rottenstein Law Group, a da Vinci Surgical Robot law firm, reacts with concern to this news, based on its experience with da Vinci lawsuits. The firm maintains an informational website on da Vinci robot lawsuits that provides news updates and information on side effects.
According to Reuters, for the da Vinci Surgical System to be most effective the patient must be positioned at an angle, with his or her feet up and head down. This gives the surgeon better traction, the article said. The problem arises when some patients begin to slide, which pulls on their nerves causing numbness, weakness, or immobility in limbs.
“It is yet another study that shows this device has a potential to put patients at risk of harm,” said Rochelle Rottenstein, principal of the Rottenstein Law Group. “Hospitals must take patient safety into account when considering new technologies such as the da Vinci.”
Training and other issues have played a role in making the da Vinci the subject of major lawsuits, including a March 2012 suit involving a Bronx woman who died after receiving a hysterectomy via the da Vinci (case No. 1:2012-cv-02597 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York), Rottenstein said. Use of the daVinci for hysterectomy procedures has increased, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.**
The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients who believe they have been harmed by the da Vinci robotic surgical system, encourages people to visit the firm’s website to download a free brochure to help them determine if they have a case.
About THE ROTTENSTEIN LAW GROUP
The Rottenstein Law Group is a New York-based firm that represents clients nationwide in mass tort actions. The firm was founded by Rochelle Rottenstein, who has more than two decades of experience as a lawyer, to represent clients hurt by defective medical devices. (Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)
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