The da Vinci® Surgical Robot: Cutting-Edge Technology With Risks

by Staff | May 13th, 2015

Technological advancements present options for performing medical procedures, but the attorneys at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin point out they may not always be proven safe.

The da Vinci® surgical robot is a prime example of the risks of new medical technology. The device can be used to perform minimally invasive surgeries that can reduce recovery times and the chances of excessive blood loss. In fact, a recent article from CBS News contained a video showing the device being used to sew a grape’s skin back together.

But the da Vinci surgical robot has come under scrutiny after studies showed the device was linked to a roughly 34 percent increase in surgical errors. Many of the complications encountered using the da Vinci surgical robot required a more invasive follow up surgery to repair the damage caused by the initial procedure. Some researchers believe lack of surgeon experience and tactile feel could also play a role in the number of injuries.

These findings leave many patients wondering what they should do if they were injured during surgery. The Terre Haute personal injury lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin suggest speaking with a reputable and qualified legal representative about your potential rights to compensation. Doing so can help ensure you have the information you need to protect your rights.

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