Robotic surgery is relatively new and has helped doctors to perform delicate surgeries without needing to factor in the possibility of human error. According to Bloomberg News, the surgeries performed by robots are increasing because of more and more marketing by doctors, hospitals, and Intuitive Surgical Inc.
Intuitive Surgical Inc. is the robot's main manufacturer, which is pushing for more use of the product in order to create more sales and facilitate the business. Specifically, physician and hospital websites advertise the use of the robots for surgeries. Most often, the advertisements claim fewer complications and promote the use of the machines.
Issues in the Intuitive Surgical Inc. Marketing Campaign
Unfortunately, the marketing campaigns are not backed up with any proof. Also, they ignore the fact that in some surgeries, the robots don't give any advantage. One complaint made to the Colorado Medical Board claims that 10 patients treated between 2008 and 2011 suffered some sort of complication from robotic surgeries. These patients experienced serious injuries such as torn arteries during surgery, nerve damage, or objects being left inside the patient after surgery.
Despite these claims and concerns, the use of robots in surgery has grown over 60% since 2010. Robots are used to perform hysterectomies, gall bladder operations, prostate cancer treatments, soft tissue operations, and heart valve procedures. The FDA claims that there were 70 deaths associated with robotic surgeries since 2009. The number of injuries accompanying robotic surgeries has also more than doubled within the first eight months of the year.
Do you have a medical malpractice claim?
If you have been injured by a robot during surgery after giving into the competitive, aggressive marketing that promotes these procedures, you may be able to seek compensation. Contact Arnold & Itkin LLP today if you want to learn more about these robots and medical malpractice claims associated with them!