Da Vinci Surgery Robot Lawsuit News: Bernstein Liebhard LLP Notes Study Finding Robotic Surgery for Pelvic Lesions Associated with Higher Cost, No Additional Benefits

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The Firm is currently investigating da Vinci lawsuits on behalf of individuals who allegedly suffered organ perforations, lacerations, blood vessel tears, surgical burns, and other serious da Vinci complications.

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This study only serves as a reminder that many questions remain unanswered regarding the benefits purportedly offered by robotic surgery.

As da Vinci lawsuit filings continue to mount around the country, Bernstein Liebhard LLP notes that another study has raised questions about the costs and benefits of robotic surgery. The research, which was presented at the annual meeting of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology annual meeting, found no significant difference in complication rates between patients who underwent robotic-assisted surgery or traditional laparoscopy to remove pelvic lesions. However in an interview that appeared on MedPageToday.com on May 8th, the lead author of the study said robot surgery and laparoscopy should not be used interchangeably, as laparoscopy is “cheaper, faster, takes less time.”*

“Recent media reports and a number of da Vinci surgical robot lawsuits have raised serious concerns about this technology. This study only serves as a reminder that many questions remain unanswered regarding the benefits purportedly offered by robotic surgery,” 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 lawsuit consultations to individuals who allegedly suffered serious Vinci complications in hysterectomies, prostate removals and other procedures involving the da Vinci Surgical System.

Da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuits
The da Vinci Surgical System, manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, Inc., has been on the market since 2000, and was used in some 300,000 minimally invasive surgeries last year, according to a February 28th report from Bloomberg.com.** The study presented at the ACOG meeting is not the first time questions have been raised about the costs and benefits of robotic surgery. For example, research published just this past February in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a nearly $6,000 difference between the cost of robot-assisted hysterectomy and the least expensive type of procedure. “Our study indicates that, while robotic assistance was associated with increased use of minimally invasive surgery for hysterectomy, when compared with laparoscopic hysterectomy, the robotic procedure offers little short-term benefit and is accompanied by significantly higher costs,” the authors of the study wrote.***

On April 19th, Intuitive Surgical disclosed in a regulatory filing that it had been named in 26 bad robot surgery lawsuits filed on behalf of patients who allegedly suffered serious da Vinci complications in robotic surgery procedures. **** The nation’s first trial involving a da Vinci lawsuit is now underway in Washington state court. According to court documents, the wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of a patient who died last August, allegedly due to serious injuries he sustained in a da Vinci prostatectomy. (Estate of Fred E. Taylor v. Intuitive Surgical Inc., 09-2-03136-5, Superior Court, State of Washington, Kitsap County)    

Last week, Intuitive Surgical alerted hospitals to an instrument issue that has the potential to cause surgical burns in some da Vinci patients. According to a May 10th CNBC report, the Company’s Urgent Medical Device Notification warned that “micro-cracks" in some models of the monopolar curved scissors used with the da Vinci Surgical System "may create a pathway for electrosurgical energy to leak to tissue during use and potentially cause thermal injury."*****

Victims of alleged da Vinci complications may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. A wealth of information regarding da Vinci surgical robot lawsuits is available at Bernstein Liebhard LLP’s website. For additional information, please call Bernstein Liebhard LLP today at (877) 779-1414.

  • medpagetoday.com/MeetingCoverage/ACOG/38982

** bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-28/intuitive-surgical-robots-probed-by-u-s-in-survey-of-surgeons.html
**** sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1035267/000119312513162385/d508282d10q
***** cnbc.com/id/100726886

About Bernstein Liebhard LLP
Bernstein Liebhard LLP is a New York-based law firm exclusively representing injured persons in complex individual and class action lawsuits nationwide since 1993, including those who have been harmed by dangerous drugs, defective medical devices and consumer products. The firm has been named by The National Law Journal to the “Plaintiffs’ Hot List,” recognizing the top plaintiffs’ firms in the country, for the past 10 consecutive years.

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