Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - The Onder Law Firm, which is handling da Vinci robot surgery injury cases nationwide and providing free attorney consultations to persons who suffered a complication after having a robot-assisted surgery using the Intuitive Surgical, Inc. da Vinci Surgical System* has republished a bulletin obtained by CNBC (cnbc.com/id/100726886, 5/10/2013) that was issued by Intuitive Surgical, Inc. to its hospital and surgical center clients referencing the Hot Shears** Monopolar Curved Scissors Instrument. The May 8, 2013 Urgent Medical Device Notification stated that certain versions of its Monopolar Curved Scissors may develop micro-cracks allowing electrosurgical energy to leak to tissue and potentially cause injury. The bulletin went on to state that Intuitive Surgical, Inc. was only aware of one complaint of an injury after a da Vinci surgery was performed that involved a Monopolar Curved Scissors Instrument, but the total number of injury and death complaints involving the da Vinci Surgical System is far larger.
CNBC recently produced a thorough investigation into robotic surgery, the da Vinci Surgical System, da Vinci lawsuits and Intuitive Surgical, Inc.‘s marketing methods entitled The Da Vinci Debate (cnbc.com/id/100653176, 4/18/2013). The investigation uncovered that robotic surgery complications may be largely unknown, with most instances of surgical complications going unreported. During an interview that was part of the CNBC‘s The Da Vinci Debate, Dr. Marty Makary, a surgeon at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who recently completed a study entitled "Underreporting of Robotic Surgery Complications" stated that only 10 - 30% of all robotic surgery complications become pat of the FDA database, something he referred to as "massive underreporting." This database, the Manufacturer and User Facility Device Experience (MAUDE), shows at least 85 deaths and 245 injuries related to da Vinci robot surgery since 2000. Roughly 1.5 million robotic procedures were performed during that time span; however, 450,000 robot-assisted surgeries took in 2012 in alone.
The attorneys at The Onder Law Firm are currently investigating claims of complications, injury and death occurring after a surgery was performed using the da Vinci Surgical System. Current reports indicate that these complications most commonly involve hysterectomy and prostate removal. The firm‘s attorneys are providing completely confidential no-cost, no-obligation consultations. All da Vinci injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, with no fees or costs unless the firm is able to secure funds for their client. The Onder Law Firm welcomes da Vinci surgery complications inquiries from law firms in regards to handling them or working as co-counsel.