Da Vinci Robot Studies


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 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 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 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

Da Vinci Robotic Hysterectomy: Hype vs. Reality

Da Vinci Robot Investor Class Action Lawsuit

Robotic hysterectomy for surgery has become more common over the past three years; however, experts are saying that it is more appropriately suited for complex conditions.  Dr. James Breeden, president of The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a statement reflecting the ACOG’s opinion about robotic surgery for hysterectomy: "While there may be some advantages to the use of robotics in complex hysterectomies, especially for cancer operations that require extensive surgery and removal of lymph nodes, studies have shown... Read More

Da Vinci Surgical Robot: Is it Worth the Cost?


Shares of Intuitive Surgical neared a historical high for the stock several weeks ago at $578 a share after announcing a rise in earnings of thirty percent per share during 2012. Investors have flooded to the robotic surgical device company’s stock because it has outpaced other large medical product companies. The company’s valuation at $24 billion is equivalent to 36 times its earnings for 2012, despite a spate of lawsuits for injuries allegedly caused by the da Vinci system, as... Read More

DaVinci Surgical Robot Misused for Hysterectomies and Other Procedures

Hospitals across the U.S. are increasingly relying on robotic surgery to perform hysterectomies and other surgical procedures, including cardiovascular, gallbladder, and prostate surgeries.  Intuitive Surgical Inc., which manufacturers the da Vinci Surgical System used in robotic surgery, has heavily marketed the medical device to not just hospitals but also consumers. Hospitals that invest in the daVinci robotic surgery medical device may feel economic pressure to perform enough surgeries to recoup their investment.  Substantiating findings by Audet and Partners, LLP, a new... Read More

Open Versus Laparoscopic Versus Robot-Assisted Laparoscopic Prostatectomy: The European and US Experience


Open radical prostatectomy (ORP) is the reference standard for the surgical management of localized prostate cancer. With wider availability of minimally invasive radical prostatectomy techniques, there is a debate regarding the standard treatment of the management of localized prostate cancer. Therefore, we reviewed the current status of laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP) and robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (RALRP) as compared with ORP. Because no prospective, randomized trials comparing the different techniques have been performed, outcomes must be assessed from published series... Read More

Tracking the Rise of Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer


In the 11 years since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first robotic surgical system for conducting abdominal and pelvic surgeries, its use has skyrocketed. The da Vinci Surgical System is now used to perform as many as 4 out of 5 radical prostatectomies in the United States. The robotic system is also increasingly being used to treat other cancers, including gynecologic and head and neck cancers. According to da Vinci's manufacturer, Intuitive Surgical, Inc., more than 1,000 of the... Read More

Comparative Effectiveness of Minimally Invasive vs Open Radical Prostatectomy

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Following the description of consistently reproducible advantages of minimally invasive radical prostatectomy (MIRP) with and without robotic assistance in 2000-2001,1 - 2 use of MIRP has surged.3 - 4In particular, use of robotic-assisted MIRP increased from 1% to 40% of all radical prostatectomies from 2001 to 2006.5 - 6 Many patients intuitively perceive minimally invasive approaches to reduce complications compared with conventional open operations and prefer minimally invasive procedures because of smaller incisions requiring less analgesics and shorter hospital stays, even at greater cost.7 Moreover, the widespread direct-to-consumer advertising... Read More