Intestinal Burns and Tears, and Their Correlation with the Da Vinci Robot

Posted on Friday, January 17th, 2014 at 11:13 am    

da Vinci robotThe Da Vinci Surgical Robot has been in use for several years now across the U.S. and in many parts of the world to perform “keyhole” surgical operations. Its manufacturer, Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG), has been achieving record-high sales by promoting it as minimally invasive, accurate, and safe.

However, ISRG issued a recall for 1,386 Da Vinci Surgical units late in 2013 due to reported cases of unintentional incision and burns in areas such as the intestines. The company said the irregular friction of the robotic arm of some Da Vinci units may result in motion delays, which would lead to a sudden follow-up movement if the surgeon continues trying to move the machine. This can cause inadvertent tears during intestinal procedures. The device’s normal wear and tear, on the other hand, may also lead to insulation failure that could cause short-circuits and intestinal burns.

People suffering from intestinal burns and tears due to a defective Da Vinci robot would generally experience abdominal pain. Moreover, tears and burns that have caused intestinal perforations may also experience one or more of these signs and symptoms:

  • Blood in the stool
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Changes in the individual’s bowel pattern
  • Fever, chills
  • Nausea, vomiting

Our team at the National Injury Law Center is ready to help victims of the Da Vinci Surgical Robot who have suffered from intestinal tears and burns. With our help, you may be able to get much-needed financial compensation and justice. Call us at 888-273-6041 to discover more about your options and how we can help.


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