Robotic surgery is a technique in which the surgeon performs the surgery using a computer that remotely controls very small instruments attached to a robot. It is done under general anesthesia.
The instruments are inserted into your body through a small surgical cut. A thin tube with a camera attached (endoscope) allows the surgeon to view highly magnified three-dimensional images of your body on a monitor.
More than a million surgeries have been performed with it. Recently a study in The Journal for Healthcare Quality stated, "That injuries and fatalities caused by the da Vinci robotic surgery system are being grossly under-reported."
In the last twelve years, thousands of mishaps have been reported to the U. S. Food and Drug Administration, including 71 reports of deaths and 174 injuries.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital found examples of botched surgeries that were not reported to the FDA. An example includes a woman who had an 11-hour surgery to treat endometriosis - 10 days later she was rushed to the emergency room where doctors discovered that her colon and rectum had been torn during the surgery.
During the past several years, robotic surgery has grown dramatically, with a 400 percent increase. Hospitals all over the country are purchasing this equipment for a cost of $1.5 to $2.5 million each.
Reports indicate that not only are these devices causing injury and harm, but doctors are not receiving the appropriate training to use this equipment.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a botched robotic surgery, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney who has been successful in product liability and medical malpractice cases.
Call the personal injury attorneys for San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Contact the law offices of Peach & Weathers to obtain more information regarding your legal rights.