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 gynecologist.  Upon the advice of Dr. Laury, she agreed to undergo da Vinci robotic surgery at Providence Medford Medical Center in Medford, Oregon, to remove her right ovary, fallopian tube and appendix. However, after the procedure, it was reported in the Oregon Herald that her removed organs were deemed “normal and functioning.”

Mrs. Elsey complained of pain after the surgery, but it was not until three years later, when Mrs. Elsey underwent a CT scan for another medical procedure in Montana, that she discovered foreign objects had been left in her pelvic area from a malfunction with the da Vinci surgery equipment years earlier.  A laparoscopy sheath and coils used as birth-control devices were found and removed from her body.  Mrs. Elsey sued Dr. Laury for medical malpractice.  While Dr. Laury claimed he was not aware of a malfunction, a jury found him liable to Mrs. Elsey for over $100,000 in damages for her pain, suffering and medical expenses.

Da Vinci Surgical System Problems

Mrs. Elsey is one of many patients nationwide who has complained about injuries and problems associated with the da Vinci robotic surgery.  While the manufacturer of the da Vinci system, Intuitive Surgical, was not named as a defendant in Mrs. Elsey’s lawsuit, the company has been named in a number of da Vinci robotic surgery lawsuits across the country.  The FDA previously recalled the da Vinci robot after thousands of complaints.

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If you or a loved one have experienced problems that may be related to robotic surgery, contact the experienced attorneys at Audet and Partners, LLP for a free evaluation of your legal options.  Call us at (800) 965-1461 or fill out the confidential case inquiry form on our website for more information.

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