Da Vinci Robot Hysterectomy

Published on June 21, 2013 by Laurie Villanueva

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Did you suffer serious injuries in a da Vinci hysterectomy? You are far from alone. Recent media reports indicate that complications associated with the da Vinci Surgical System are on the rise, many of which may have occurred during a da Vinci robot hysterectomy. A number of personal injury lawsuits have also recently been filed on behalf of woman who allegedly suffered extremely painful and debilitating injuries in hysterectomies where the da Vinci robot was used.

If you were harmed during a da Vinci surgery hysterectomy, filing your own personal injury lawsuit could allow you to obtain compensation for the medical expenses and lost wages you incurred as a result of your injury. You may also be entitled to restitution for your emotional distress and pain and suffering. The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are evaluating cases on behalf of any woman who was harmed during a da Vinci hysterectomy. To learn more about the legal options available to you, please contact our firm as soon as possible for your free, no-obligation da Vinci lawsuit consultation.

Da Vinci Hysterectomy: Hype vs. Reality

Hysterectomy, which involves either partial or total removal of the uterus, is one of the most commonly-performed surgical procedures. In fact, it’s estimated that one in nine women will require a hysterectomy in her lifetime to treat pelvic organ prolapse, endometriosis, cancer, fibroid tumors, and other gynecological conditions. Women who need a hysterectomy can usually choose between several methods of surgery, including an open procedure, in which a large incision is created in the abdomen to remove the uterus. Minimally-invasive laparoscopy can also be performed in certain circumstances. Da Vinci hysterectomy is a relatively new option, and only became available in 2000, when Intuitive Surgical Inc. introduced the da Vinci Surgical System.

Since the robot was brought to market, more and more women have chosen to undergo a da Vinci surgery hysterectomy, often convinced by marketing hype that doing so will allow for a quicker recovery, with less bleeding and scarring, as well as fewer complications. However, the robot may be falling short of its promise, according to research published in February 2012 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The authors of that study found that da Vinci robot hysterectomy is significantly more expensive compared to laparoscopy, and it was unable to conclude that robotic procedures were associated with a significant difference in complication rates.

A month after the study was published, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a statement urging its members not to consider robotic surgery as a first option for women needing a hysterectomy. “There is no good data proving that robotic hysterectomy is even as good as—let alone better—than existing, and far less costly, minimally invasive alternatives,” the statement said.

Da Vinci Robot Hysterectomy Complications

Court records show that a growing number of da Vinci robot hysterectomy lawsuits have been filed on behalf of woman who sustained serious injuries during robotic procedures, including surgical burns, torn blood vessels, and punctured organs. Several women in da Vinci hysterectomy claims also allegedly experienced vaginal cuff dehiscence (re-opening of vaginal incision after hysterectomy) following their procedures. In some of these cases, the complications weren’t apparent for several weeks after a woman underwent her hysterectomy, according to the lawsuits.

In January 2013, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) started surveying doctors who used the da Vinci after the agency noted a spike in adverse event reports related to the use of the device. According to a Bloomberg.com report published in February 2013, 70 patient deaths that were associated with robotic procedures have been reported to the agency since 2009. Reports of non-fatal complications jumped to 115 in 2012 from 24 in 2009. In August 2013, a study published in the Journal for Healthcare Quality raised concerns that da Vinci complications may have actually been underreported, after researchers concluded that the number of injuries logged by the FDA thus far seemed low, considering how frequently da Vinci hysterectomies and other robot surgeries are performed.

Injured in a Da Vinci Surgery Hysterectomy? Seek Legal Advice Today

If you or a woman you care about where harmed during a da Vinci hysterectomy, we urge you to contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP today. Our medical device attorneys have helped hundreds of injured  patients receive the compensation they deserve, and our legal staff is available now to evaluate your case free of charge. Simply pick up the phone and give our office a call at 1-212-779-1414 to begin the process of filing a da Vinci robot hysterectomy lawsuit today.