Da Vinci Robot News


Hysterectomy Device Recalled Amid Cancer Fears

Johnson & Johnson Hysterectomy Device Recalled

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc., a unit of Johnson & Johnson, is voluntarily asking doctors to return a device used in performing hysterectomies in thousands of women.  Ethicon's Morcelex device, used in certain laparoscopic surgeries, has come under FDA scrutiny because of the potential of such devices to spread cancerous fibroids. The class of devices known as morcellation devices, which includes Ethicon's Morcelex device, is used in many hysterectomy procedures to break non-cancerous fibroids into smaller fragments... Read More

New da Vinci Xi Surgical System Gets FDA Clearance

da Vinci Xi Surgical System Approved by FDA

Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci surgical system, announced it has received FDA clearance for its newest da Vinci Xi System, an upgraded model of its flagship robotic surgical system.  The upgraded da Vinci robot reportedly addresses performance issues that plagued the old system. The da Vinci Xi System is the fourth version of the surgical robot made by Intuitive Surgical.  The “robotic” device is used by doctors to perform minimally invasive procedures with the idea that the device gives... Read More

da Vinci Surgical Robot Investor Lawsuit Alleges Misleading Statements by Intuitive Surgical

Da Vinci Robot Investor Class Action Lawsuit

A lawsuit in California claims Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the maker of the da Vinci Surgical System, misled shareholders about defects with the robotic device, which has been linked to over 70 deaths and numerous other injuries. The lawsuit, brought by the Public School Teachers’ Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago, claims that Intuitive Surgical made false statements about the da Vinci system’s safety and misled shareholders about internally-known safety defects in the system that were injuring patients.  By concealing this information... Read More

da Vinci Surgical Robot Advertisement Comes Under Criticism

da Vinci Robot Advertisement Comes Under Criticism

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune has levied criticism against doctors for appearing in a national advertisement endorsing the da Vinci robotic surgical system. The full-page ad, which featured doctors from the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, was developed and paid for by Intuitive Surgical, Inc., manufacturer of the da Vinci robotic system.  It pictures the entire department of doctors on the minimally invasive surgery team at the hospital, including some administrative staff who were dressed in... Read More

Underreported Da Vinci Robot Injuries Lead to More Injured Patients

Underreporting of da Vinci robotic surgeries may be contributing to increased incidence of injury to patients who elect the robotic procedures lacking an accurate understanding of inherent risks. Bloomberg recently published an unsettling news story recently about a 45-year old woman, Sheena Wilson, who underwent da Vinci robotic surgery for a hysterectomy believing it to be safe only to awake from the surgery with serious injuries leaving her disabled. As reported by Bloomberg, Ms. Wilson said if she had known others had... Read More

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Lawsuit Update: Jury Awards Oregon Woman $100K

An Oregon jury awarded $100,000 to a woman who suffered injuries allegedly tied to da Vinci robotic gynecological surgery.  Michelle Elsey was unaware of the seriousness of her injuries until a CT scan years later revealed that several foreign objects had been left in her pelvis after a malfunction of the da Vinci robotics during her prior surgery. Da Vinci Robotics and Medical Malpractice In 2007, Mrs. Elsey complained of pelvic pain and sought treatment from Dr. Daniel Laury, a prominent Oregon... Read More

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Lawsuits May Prompt Heightened Hospital Training

Robotic surgery has been marketed to patients as a safer way to go under-the-knife than more conventional surgeries.  However, the rising number of deaths and serious injuries linked to the robotic systems is not only fueling patient lawsuits, but putting the pressure on hospitals to better train doctors in the use of these devices. The “da Vinci” Surgical System is a sophisticated robotic platform designed to allow surgeons to make fewer, smaller, and more precise incisions when performing surgery on patients... Read More

Da Vinci Robot Deployment Impact On Hospital Administration

A new whitepaper has recently been issued discussing the pros and cons of robotic surgery using the da Vinci surgical robot.* The author of the whitepaper, Hospital Administration Experts Arthur Shorr and Associates, claims to be among the nation’s leading authorities on the da Vinci surgical robot.** With regard to the benefits of the da Vinci surgical robot, Shorr explains that having a robot and using it in surgery increases a hospital’s competitive advantage.* Some of the first hospitals to implement... Read More

Da Vinci Prostatectomy Risks

The da Vinci surgical robot has been lauded by many because of its use in many minimally invasive procedures, including but not limited to, hysterectomies and prostatectomies. Compared to traditional open surgeries, robotically-assisted surgeries can be less invasive, which leads to an overall faster healing process and, sometimes, less discomfort. In an open prostate removal surgery, the physician would make an incision below the belly button.* Later, the surgeries began to be performed laparoscopically, where the surgeon would make many tiny... Read More

Da Vinci Surgery Allegedly Leaves Broken Instrument in Patient

Intuitive Surgical continues to remain the subject of much discussion because of injuries caused by the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System and its component parts. Of particular concern have been the burns and electrocutions that have seriously injured patients undergoing surgery with the assistance of the robot and its tools. Such burns have resulted in organ damage, infection, and severe bleeding, among other complications. Risk of electrocution and tissue burns are not the only ways in which patients are being harmed... Read More

da Vinci Robot Litigation Weighs on Intuitive Projections

Intuitive Surgical has suffered quite a bit of negative publicity recently due to the problems with its da Vinci robotic surgery system and its component parts. Indeed, Intuitive Surgical even recalled its surgical shears in recent months when it came to light that there may have been a risk of serious injury to patients undergoing robotic surgery due to the risk of electrocution and tissue burns. Additionally, there have been instances in which doctors have been inadequately prepared to utilize... Read More

Da Vinci Robot Investigated by FDA

Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the daVinci surgical robot, has found itself in new hot water recently. In addition to the multitude of lawsuits and at least one recall of its surgical shears, the medical device company was recently investigated by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).* Intuitive Surgical claims that it has taken the FDA investigative report very seriously and has “implemented corrective actions.”** The FDA investigation comes in the wake of a 34% increase in the number... Read More

Da Vinci Robot Replacement Scissors Shipped By Intuitive Surgical


After previously announcing problems with the EndoWrist surgical scissors used in conjunction with the da Vinci surgical robot, Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the robot and the scissors, has shipped its newest version of the surgical shears.* According to one report, the EndoWrist Monopolar Curved Scissors have been redesigned to ensure that microcracks do not form.** The microcracks in the earlier version of the scissors had the potential to cause serious and life-threatening complications during da Vinci-assisted surgery.** Intuitive Surgical admitted... Read More

Da Vinci Robot Benefits Questioned in Light of Increased Procedure Costs


The da Vinci surgical robot and its components have been the subject of much criticism in recent months due to the seemingly endless problems that doctors and patients are encountering in hospitals and surgery centers across the nation. There are some advantages to using the surgical robot, not the least of which is the minimal invasiveness allowed by its use. This, in turn, allows for surgeries with shorter hospital stays, less blood loss and faster, less painful recoveries.* However, despite... Read More

da Vinci Robot Lawsuits Forge Ahead Despite Defense Verdict Exonerating Manufacturer From Negligent Physician Training

Da Vinci robot trials alleging defects in the robotic machinery manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. remain very much alive despite last week's defense verdict in a trial alleging inadequate training of a Washington State surgeon whose da Vinci surgery allegedly contributed to the death of a morbidly obese patient. As reported last week, Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the da Vinci surgical robot was exonerated by a Washington State jury which found that the medical device manufacturer was not liable in the... Read More

Da Vinci Robot Burn Risk and Resulting Injuries

In recent months, there have been numerous reports of injuries caused by the da Vinci Robotic Surgery System and its component parts. Of particular concern are the burns and electrocutions that have seriously injured patients undergoing surgery with the assistance of the robot.* Such burns can result in organ damage, infection, and severe bleeding, among other complications.* There have been two principal causes of the surgical injuries. One cause has been physician error.* Physicians may electrocute a patient if he or... Read More

da Vinci Lawsuit Testimony Focuses on Aggressive Marketing by Manufacturer

As of January 2013, 2,585 da Vinci Surgical Systems are being used in 2,025 hospitals worldwide, according to a report from Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the manufacturer of the robot.1  Last year 367,000 surgeries were performed using the robot, which compared to the 114,000 surgeries performed in 2008, provides a testament to Intuitive’s marketing success.2 While the minimal training provided by Intuitive is a continued topic of controversy, their marketing methods are also being questioned.  “Many U.S. hospitals promote robotic surgery in... Read More

Da Vinci Surgeons Offered Robotic Simulator Training

As lawsuits related to injuries allegedly resulting from inadequate surgeon training on the da Vinci Surgical Robot System continue to surface, Mimic Technologies, Inc., a Seattle-based company has seized the opportunity to provide surgeons with a simulator called the dV-Trainer, which allows surgeons to sharpen their robotic surgery skills in a virtual environment simulating robotic surgery. Since the FDA has yet to establish specific guidelines regarding a specific threshold of training that a surgeon must undergo prior to conducting robotic surgery... Read More

Da Vinci Surgical Robot Deployment Continues to Climb

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery

As Intuitive Surgical Inc. continues to aggressively market its da Vinci surgical robot, its popularity is growing, but so are incidents of injuries allegedly caused by the device and surgeons operating it. CNBC recently reported on many if the issues associated with the device, and CNBC Investigations Inc. conducted intensive research, which included interviews with surgeons, ex-employees, patients, lawyers, internal documents, studies, and current lawsuits, that resulted in the following findings: 1.     According to their research, “…da Vinci hospital robot placements and... Read More

Inadequate da Vinci Robotic Surgery Training May Lead To Serious Injury

Intuitive Surgical Inc. is confronting new allegations that it failed to provide adequate training for physicians using its da Vinci surgical robot, and may have encouraged less training, thereby increasing the risks to patients undergoing robotic surgery. No strict training guidelines or requirements currently exist that govern a physician use of the robot on a live patient.  The amount and depth of training is currently left within the purview of individual doctors and/or hospitals.  Undisclosed personnel from Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover,... Read More