Columbus, OH (PRWEB) April 03, 2013
The Da Vinci robotic surgery lawyers at Wright & Schulte LLC, an experienced personal injury law firm representing victims of medical device injuries, is disturbed by a recent New York Times report that raises questions about the allegedly aggressive tactics used by Intuitive Surgical Inc. to market the Da Vinci Surgical System, as well as the quality of training the company provides to doctors who use the technology. Among other things, internal company emails provided to the Times by attorneys prosecuting the Da Vinci robotic surgery lawsuit set for trial in April indicate that Intuitive sales representatives may have been intimately involved in the credentialing process at some hospitals, “presenting themselves as experts and pressing for lower standards in order to ease the training path for busy surgeons, to increase use of the equipment and to drive sales,” the Times said. (Estate of Fred E. Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical, 09-2-03136-5, Superior Court, State of Washington, Kitsap County)
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Intuitive Surgical’s Da Vinci Surgical System is widely used in hysterectomies, prostate removals, heart surgeries, gallbladder removals and bariatric surgery. Proponents of the robot claim it offers patients less bleeding and scarring, as well as shorter recovery times compared to traditional procedures. Unfortunately for Fred E. Taylor, the patient detailed in the New York Times report, the experience was far different. Due to a series of complications, the prostatectomy he underwent in 2008 with the Da Vinci Surgical System turned into a 13 hour ordeal, allegedly leaving the once-active 67-year-old incontinent and with a colostomy bag, and ultimately led to kidney and lung damage, sepsis and a stroke. While he survived the operation, Mr. Taylor’s widow told the New York Times that until her husband died last year, he would often cry about being “trapped in this body.”
Prior to his prostate surgery, neither of the Taylors was aware that the surgeon performing the procedure had never used the robotic equipment without supervision, according to The New York Times. That doctor claimed in a deposition that during his training, he was never told that patients like Mr. Taylor, who weighed nearly 300 pounds, were not good candidates for robotic surgery. Additional depositions obtained by the Times indicate Intuitive sales representatives were often in the operating rooms, and even offered advice to newly trained surgeons who were having technical difficulties with the robot. The company’s sales representatives also appear to have had access to operating room schedules at some facilities, and were encouraged to “partner” with surgical teams “to review and select appropriate cases,” the Times said.
This is just the latest controversy to raise questions regarding the risks and benefits associated with the Da Vinci Surgical System, according to Wright & Schulte LLC. In January, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) launched a probe of the Da Vinci robot to determine if an increase in adverse events related to such procedures is a reflection of a real and growing problem. Recently, the American College of Gynecologists (ACOG) advised its members that robotic-assisted hysterectomy should not be the first choice for most women in need of the procedure. And earlier this month, the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine released a statement on its website expressing concern over an increasing number of reports of patient robotic surgery complications in the last two years. While the Da Vinci robot was not specifically named by the Board, Bloomberg News pointed out that it is the only robot system currently approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for soft tissue surgery.
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