da Vinci Surgeries and Why Hospitals Are a Part of the Problem
Our law firm is handling da Vinci robotic surgery lawsuits. Most are product liability claims but some are medical and hospital malpractice claims involving these surgeries. We think the chances of relatively quick settlements for some of these cases - particularly the product liability claims - is relatively high. We have been able to do exactly this. Get a quick resolution of our court with bringing a legal cause of action. Do you have a claim or a question? Call 800-553-8082 or get a free on-line consultation.da Vinci Surgeries and Why Hospitals Are a Part of the Problem
Technology is about the biggest and latest thing. That's why we upgrade our cellphones, get the latest iPad, and demand bigger televisions. It's also why hospitals can't help themselvesthey continue to flock to the daVinci robotic surgery system in droves, and they force their physicians to learn the technology. Without a doubt, the technology is impressive. If you can stomach watching actual surgery, see a sales pitch and a hysterectomy for video demonstrations. If you can't stomach it, see here to watch a Johns Hopkins surgeon use it to play the "Operation" board game (never mind that it doesn't look properly connected to the board game). We have daily Google Alerts for daVinci, and it seems like every day - even now - another hospital puts out a press release that they are equipped and ready to use the system. The question is, are these hospitals rushing in with a blind eye toward their own liability and (more importantly) patient safety?Inadequate Training
There are many problems with these robotic surgery system. We've seen cases where the product itself malfunctions, whether because a knife breaks off during surgery, or an electric charged is passed to the patient, causing severe internal burns. Putting those problems aside for the moment, the largest concern and cause for injury appears to be inadequate training. Doctors are effectively being forced to use the machines, whether they are properly trained, and regardless of whether they feel comfortable. The hospitals who buy the machines want to get their money's worth, and they want to be able tout their use of the machines. The more surgeries the device is used for, the better the hospital's "statistics" for their brochures and other marketing. Many doctors familiar with the da Vinci surgical system have opined that competence with the device requires between 200 and 750 surgeries. We doubt that most hospitals are investing that in that degree of training. The first 750 patients are essentially "practice cases." You can bet those patients are not told about the number of robotic surgeries performed by their doctor .Informed Consent
The FDA reports almost 5,000 deaths and adverse events because of the da Vinci devices. Patients go into surgery believing the hospital's hype about minimally-invasive procedures, tiny scars, and quicker recovery times. To be sure, a good experience may be marginally better than standard surgery. However, the risks are significant, and patients are not properly informed about the risks and alternatives. The real question is whether robotic surgery is worth it. A Johns Hopkins study revealed that "There's never been a study showing clinical superiority.For the patient, there's clearly no difference." Patients should be told that there are between two and five deaths per month with the da Vinci. These devices are most commonly used for common and routine procedures that should rarely, if ever, result in death: hysterectomies, prostate surgeries, and laparoscopic surgeries.Contact Us
If you have been the victim of a da Vinci surgery injury, contact our medical malpractice and product liability lawyers at 800-553-8082, or online.