Monday, August 31, 2015

Maryland Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Safety of Robotic Surgery

Robot-assisted surgery is designed to help doctors perform complex, minimally invasive surgeries on areas of the body that might otherwise require traditional, open surgeries. The devices can be used to perform a variety of procedures including hysterectomies, prostate removals, weight loss surgeries, gall bladder removals, thyroid cancer surgeries, heart surgeries and organ transplants. While the technology is promising, it is not without its risks. Concerns were raised over the safety of medical devices like the da Vinci Surgical System after a wave of lawsuits were filed against Intuitive Surgical, the device’s maker. A subsequent investigation by the FDA found numerous reports of patients who suffered severe complications attributed to the robotic surgery system. Many of the reported complications required the need for additional surgeries and, in some cases, were even fatal. Safety experts claim the dangers stem from both the equipment itself and from surgeon’s training. Whil

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