Intuitive Surgical

04/09/2014

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
03/20/2014

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
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
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
03/29/2013

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
03/29/2013

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
03/14/2013

Da Vinci Surgical Robot: Is it Worth the Cost?

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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
01/08/2013

Marketing as Artful as a di Vinci

Over the past decade, the stock value of Intuitive Surgical, Inc. has grown more than twenty-fold, primarily on the strength of sales of its da Vinci robotic surgical system to hospitals and medical offices. The backbone of Intuitive's marketing strategy for the da Vinci surgical robot includes a flood of stern warnings to doctors that failing to adopt higher technology practices will result in loss of patients from this point forward to doctors adopting this robotic technology. Some... Read More
06/06/2012

Is Robotic Surgery All Hype and No Substance?

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I am unable to contain myself for another minute. Let’s talk about robotic surgery. This is from How Stuff Works, a Discovery Company, but it could have been written by the makers of the surgical robot: “Most surgeries require nearly a dozen people in the room. As with all automation, surgical robots will eventually eliminate the need for some personnel.” This is another example of a “straw man.” Just about all operations require five people—surgeon, assistant, scrub nurse, circulating nurse, anesthesiologist. Some... Read More
06/06/2012

Tracking the Rise of Robotic Surgery for Prostate Cancer

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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