For over a decade now, the da Vinci® Surgical System robots have performed hundreds of thousands of surgeries with the guidance of sophisticated computerized systems.
Even with the precision of computer devices, the da Vinci robots are controlled by human surgeons and have been responsible for tissue damage. The systems have their limits. Just as human error may play a role in traditional surgeries, this error and others surface when it comes to robotic surgeries.
When it comes to medical malpractice, robotic surgeries fall under a special lens. Was the robot responsible for medical error or was the surgeon? There are other angles to investigate:
- Was there a fault in the robot's operations?
- Is there evidence of carelessness by the manufacturer?
- Annual maintenance of the da Vinci systems costs approximately $100,000 - were routine maintenance appointments performed?
- Did the surgeon make an error in the surgery or in their operation of the robot?
- Did the surgeon fail to complete adequate training on using the robotic system?
Although there have been a number of successful robot-assisted surgeries, the problems that have developed in other cases have included:
- Tissue and organ damage
- Multiple corrective surgeries
Da Vinci surgeries are offered at a number of North Carolina hospitals, including Duke University Hospital, WakeMed, Duke Rex, Nash General, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, North Carolina Children's Hospital, and the UNC Medical Center, just to name a few. If you were a surgical patient that experienced complications that developed from surgical error performed with da Vinci robot assistance, meet with our medical malpractice lawyers in Raleigh to review your rights to compensation.