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03/20/2014

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

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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
02/27/2014

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
12/02/2013

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
08/28/2013

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
08/07/2013

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
07/31/2013

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
07/25/2013

Weighing da Vinci Robotic Surgery

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The da Vinci surgical robot has recently been the subject of much criticism due to the multitude of problems that doctors and patients are encountering in hospitals and surgery centers across the United States. There are a few advantages to using the surgical robot. One of these is the minimal invasiveness allowed by its use. Many stories have emerged detailing the sharp differences experienced by two patients who underwent robotic surgery with the da Vinci robot.* In one case,  a woman... Read More
07/18/2013

da Vinci Robot Cited by FDA for Possible Inadequate Testing

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Audet and Partners, LLP, reports that the United States Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") has issued a Class 2 recall of 30 da Vinci systems.* The recall, issued to da Vinci's manufacturer, Intuitive Surgical on July 11, 2013, states that these systems may have been inadequately tested prior to deployment in hospitals and medical practices throughout the United States.* A spokeswoman for Intuitive Surgical stated in response to the recall notice that "one piece of equipment wasn't recording results properly."* A Class... Read More
07/10/2013

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
06/20/2013

Da Vinci Robot Replacement Scissors Shipped By Intuitive Surgical

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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
06/12/2013

Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Checklist Published for Surgeons

Medical checklists have been the subject of much discussion in recent years. One need only look to books such as “The Checklist Manifesto” by Dr. Atul Gawande or “Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals: How One Doctor's Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out” by Dr. Peter Provonost and Eric Vohr. These checklists have grown in importance in light of problems with medical devices such as the da Vinci surgical robot and its component parts.  In a paper... Read More
06/06/2013

Da Vinci Robot Benefits Questioned in Light of Increased Procedure Costs

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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
05/30/2013

Da Vinci Robot Trials Forge Ahead Despite Defense Verdict on Issue of Physician Training

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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
05/30/2013

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
05/16/2013

da Vinci Burn Warning Prompts Intensified FDA Review

On May 8, 2013, Intuitive Surgical, the manufacturer of the da Vinci surgical robot, issued an urgent medical device notification and also advised the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of a problem with one of the surgical robot’s instruments.* The document issued by the company warned that the Hot Shears™ Monopolar Curved Scissors may develop “micro-cracks,” which “may create a pathway for electrosurgical energy to leak to tissue during use.”* This leaked energy could potentially burn patients undergoing surgery.* Intuitive Surgical... Read More
05/08/2013

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
04/18/2013

Da Vinci Surgical Robot Deployment Continues to Climb

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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
06/07/2012

da Vinci Surgical Robot Injuries

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According to published reports: "everal hospital burn lawsuits involving the “da Vinci Surgical Robot” claim that a number of patients have suffered serious burns. One New York father filed a wrongful death hospital burn lawsuit after his daughter died as a result of burns caused by the robot. The lawsuit claims that the da Vinci robot caused burns to an artery and intestines when his daughter was having a hysterectomy in a Bronx hospital in August 2010. She died two weeks... Read More