FDA Looking Into The Risks Of The DaVinci Surgical Robot System

June 7, 2013 |
FDA Looking Into The Risks Of The DaVinci Surgical Robot System

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced it would be looking into what dangers may be associated with use of Intuitive Surgical’s Da Vinci Surgical Robot System.

According to an article released by the Financial Times, the device has been used in more than 2,000 hospitals to preform numerous surgeries. The device is being lauded as a significant technological advancement because it allows doctors to utilize cameras and remote controls to preform procedures on patients that are often much less invasive than more traditional surgeries.

The problem with the device is that surgeons are not in direct contact with patients, which can lead to procedures being botched due to mistakes. Other data shows that individual risk factors were to blame for many of the errors, rather than the use of the robotics.

The FDA has stated it is receiving an increasing number of complaints about mistakes being made during procedures utilizing the device. In response, the agency is examining the claims and will then weigh the risks and benefits of using the device to determine if it should continue to be used.

A spokesperson for Intuitive called the inquiry into the device “routine”.

The Michigan Personal Injury Attorneys with Michigan Injury Lawyers want to help if you or a loved one were injured due to use of the Da Vinci Surgical Robot System.