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CHICAGO, IL, October 17, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The decision to undergo surgery can be a frightening one. Meeting your surgeon and discussing the benefits and risks of a procedure can help you make the right decision. Increasingly, however, the procedure might involve a new wrinkle. Robotic surgery is rising in popularity, as more medical facilities gain access to the technology. Millions of surgeries have been performed using robotic assistance. The procedures range from fixing broken bones to complex brain surgery. The use of robotic surgery has led to mixed results, with numerous injuries and deaths
tied to the various devices.
The future of robotic surgery seems assured. What is not clear is whether the devices are being properly monitored for safety and efficacy. One study conducted by researchers at John Hopkins suggested that cases of medical malpractice
involving a leading brand of robotic equipment called the da Vinci System
were being seriously underreported. The da Vinci System is one of many robotic systems in use in American hospitals. The reports of errors, in some cases catastrophic errors, related to the system do not match up with the claims being made by those pushing this new technology.
Is Robotic Surgery Beneficial?
According to Intuitive Surgical Inc., the maker of the da Vinci System, the device allows surgeons "to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control." Some studies have concluded that, at best, robotic surgery offers similar rates of failure and complications as traditional surgery, while generally being slower and much more expensive. Other studies have shown increased complication rates in robotic surgeries. The Johns Hopkins research makes it clear that some malfunctions involving surgical robots are not being reported, despite regulations requiring medical device manufacturers and hospitals to report every death and serious injury
caused by the machines to a Food and Drug Administration database.
Robotic surgery has many potential advantages. Robots do not suffer from fatigue the way human surgeons do. It should be easier to make sure the robot and its attachments are properly sterilized, leading to a potential decrease in postoperative infection rates. While the robots are controlled by surgeons, safeguards can be put in place to reduce the potential for medical mistakes. Until reporting measures are improved, however, it is impossible to determine how safe robot surgery truly is. Every mistake that leads to patient harm must be properly documented and investigated to ensure that the devices being used are truly an improvement over traditional surgery.
Surgery places the patient in a vulnerable position. A surgical error can lead to pain, permanent injury or even death. Robotic surgery is no different from other types of surgery in that mistakes can and do occur. If you or a loved one has been harmed in a surgery using the da Vinci System or another robotic surgery system, you need to speak to a Chicago medical malpractice attorney
right away. You may be entitled to compensation for what you have suffered.
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