“It appears that patient safety was not priority to Intuitive Surgical Inc.,” says Gary P. Falkowitz, a Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP.
(PRWEB) March 22, 2013
Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm dedicated to protecting the rights of victims injured by defective medical devices, is informing consumers about the possible risks of robot-assisted surgery with Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci system. According to a Bloomberg report published March 21, 2013, Intuitive is facing allegations that it put patients at risk for injury by marketing the system without providing sufficient training for surgeons. Parker Waichman notes that, according to Bloomberg and statements issued by other patient safety groups, there are concerns over whether or not the system is worth the risks given the higher cost of surgery with the da Vinci.
“It appears that patient safety was not priority to Intuitive Surgical Inc.,” says Gary P. Falkowitz, a Managing Attorney at Parker Waichman LLP. “Furthermore, recent reports demonstrate that this type of procedure is more expensive and there is little evidence to show that it is even as effective as alternative minimally invasive options.” Parker Waichman LLP offers free legal advice to patients who suffered alleged injuries that may have been caused by the robotic system and is actively seeking cases.
According to Bloomberg, company emails that have come to light in current litigation suggest that Intuitive marketing employees encouraged hospitals to reduce the need for surgeon training. One email sent from a representative in December 2009 stated that five supervised or, “proctored,” surgeries, “is on the high side.” Another email sent from a sales manager in May 2011 told salespeople that they should not, “let proctoring or credentialing get in the way.”
According to a separate Bloomberg article published March 20, 2013, a study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine found that 86 percent of hospital websites claimed that the da Vinci was superior to other methods without disclosing the risks. The study also found that the sites often used language provided by Intuitive.
This month, the Quality and Patient Safety Division of Massachusetts’ Board of Registration in Medicine issued an advisory warning after receiving an “increasing number” of injury reports related to robot-assisted surgery. The advisory cited three cases of patients who experienced complications after undergoing procedures with the da Vinci system, including one case where a piece of rectal tissue was mistakenly left inside a patient’s abdomen. The cases also mentioned bleeding, adhesions and damage to the bowel and ureter.
March 14th, 2013, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) warned consumers to not be swayed by marketing techniques with regards to robot assisted surgery. ACOG stated that procedures with surgical robots are more expensive and there is little evidence to show that they are even as effective as alternative methods.
Parker Waichman LLP continues to offer free legal consultations to victims of da Vinci surgical robot injuries. If you or a loved one experienced surgical burns, perforated or torn organs, torn blood vessels or other injuries associated with the da Vinci surgical robot, please contact their office by visiting the firm's da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuit page at yourlawyer.com. Free case evaluations are also available by calling 1 800 LAW INFO (1-800-529-4636).
Parker Waichman LLP
Gary Falkowitz, Managing Attorney