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Intuitive Surgical Issues Alert Spotlighting da Vinci Defect that Can Burn a Patient During Surgery

Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci surgical robot, recently issued an “urgent medical device notification” to hospitals and other customers regarding “a potential issue” arising from the use of its da Vinci surgical robot.

Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci surgical robot, recently issued an “urgent medical device notification” to hospitals and other customers regarding “a potential issue” arising from the use of its da Vinci surgical robot. According to the alert, some models of the da Vinci monopolar curved scissors have "micro-cracks" in them; these can create “a pathway for electrosurgical energy to leak into tissue during use and potentially cause thermal injury.” In bold type, the notification also revealed that the "micro-cracks may not be visible” even to the naked eye.

Friday, May 10, 2013/Author: DaVinci Admin/Number of views (891)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Popularity, Reports of Problems ‘Spike’ for da Vinci Robotic-Assisted Surgery

Robotic surgery has been under investigation from various corners of late. Like dominoes tumbling, first there was the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s investigation into its safety, then the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) releasing a statement questioning its effectiveness. As well, health officials from some states are also shining a light on robotic-assisted surgery, among them: Massachusetts, which is calling for better training for doctors, as well as better disclosure regarding potential risks, and the New Hampshire Board of Medicine, which also has joined the chorus of critics.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013/Author: DaVinci Admin/Number of views (1672)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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New Hampshire State Health Officials Convey Concern Over Robotic-Assisted Surgery

With federal health officials already investigating the safety of operations performed with the assistance of robotic surgical systems, it seems health officials at the state level, alerted to the potential dangers, are opening their eyes, as well.

In addition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s investigation into the safety of these procedures, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a statement about the surgical robots, highlighting how little evidence there is to suggest robotic-assisted surgery is as effective as other methods for performing a hysterectomy – one of the many procedures that the devices are said to be capable of performing.

Friday, April 5, 2013/Author: DaVinci Admin/Number of views (815)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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Robotic Surgery Positioning Can Cause Nerve Injury: Study

There is more cause for concern centered on Intuitive Surgical Inc.’s da Vinci surgical robotic system, a new study proposes.

One in 15 people who have robot-assisted surgery on their prostate, kidney or bladder develop a nerve injury resulting from the pressure applied to the body from its positioning on the operating table during the procedure, the study, by the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, reveals, according to Reuters Health.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013/Author: DaVinci Admin/Number of views (2389)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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For Intuitive, Selling da Vinci Robotic Surgical Systems Trumps Training Surgeons

Fred E. Taylor, 67, arrived at Harrison Medical Center in Silverdale, Wash., on Sept. 9, 2008, for what was supposed to be a routine surgical procedure: a prostatectomy. If the simplicity of the operation was not enough to ease any of Mr. Taylor’s concerns, he could always remember that his surgeon would be getting robotic assistance courtesy of the da Vinci Surgical System – a device that would make the operation safer, less painful and easier on the body than traditional surgery.

But on that day in early September, something went horribly wrong with Mr. Taylor’s surgery; it did not play out even remotely as planned.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013/Author: DaVinci Admin/Number of views (722)/Comments (0)/ Article rating: No rating
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