DaVinci Robot Attorney


Investigators believe there is a design defect in the da Vinci surgical robot. The FDA has received reports that the robotic arms may not be properly insulated. As a result, excess electricity can cause severe injuries, including burns and tearing of the internal organs, vaginal cuff dehiscence, severed ureters, bowel injuries, excessive bleeding, and even death.

Below are injuries caused by the
daVinci surgical robot:

  • Surgical Burns to Arteries or Organs
  • Peritonitis (painful and tender inflammation of the lining of the abdomen)
  • Sepsis
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Burning of nearby organs including the intestines
  • Punctured blood vessels, organs or arteries
  • Burns and/or tears of the intestines
  • Severe bowel injuries
  • Punctured or cut ureters
  • Vaginal cuff dehiscence (reopening of the incision made to remove the uterus and cervix during a hysterectomy)
  • Additional Surgical Procedures Following Robot Surgery
  • Wrongful Death
  • Impotence
  • Incontinence
  • Blindness
  • Nerve damage
  • Brain injury

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Our attorneys have been paying close attention to the incidences involving the da Vinci robotic medical device.

Manufactured by Intuitive Surgery, Inc., a surgeon operates the device from a distance, controlling and manipulating the robot’s arms through a computer. This is believed to allow for a more precise series of movements not capable by human hand. When performed properly, the da Vinci minimizes invasive methods.

The downside is without human contact, a surgeon cannot necessarily assess how much force is being applied when grabbing tissue. They cannot monitor the cutting, or how stitching is holding. These are all dangerous to the patient.

Unfortunately, certification for operating this device requires little training. Even in the hands of an experienced surgeon, without proper training and understanding of the machine, serious harm and fatal injuries can and have occurred. Patients and families are discovering that inadequate training, faulty devices and lack of experience are resulting in long term complications and fatalities. There have been fistulas between organs, injuries that result in significant bleeding and damage to organs, tissues and vessels.

Among the common injurious claims involving the da Vinci are tears of the intestines, burns, punctured ureters or blood vessels, vaginal cuff dehiscence, excessive bleeding, serious injury to the bowel tract and even death. While inadequate training is considered a major factor, there has also been cause to believe there are defects in the machine itself. There are also reports of the robot not responding to commands.

The machine has caused dangerous complications that weren’t noticed by the surgical staff. There has been at least one situation where a part of the da Vinci broke off during a procedure. One patient required additional surgeries to repair damage to her ureters. Another incident had a surgeon who had only used the da Vinci a few times accidentally cut his patient’s blood vessels, resulting in the patient’s demise. In another claim it has been alleged the device sent an electrical current through a patient, burning her arteries and intestines. She died two weeks later.

While use of the machine has been reviewed as safe, there are still far too many incidences where this was not the fact. Intuitive Surgical has made hundreds of millions of dollars from these robotic devices. Hospitals have been pressured to use them to stay competitive. Yet no guidelines have been established for maintenance and training.

If you believe you or a loved one has been injured because of a surgery that involved a da Vinci robotic medical device contact our law office today.