Robotic Surgery


Weighing da Vinci Robotic Surgery


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

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

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