Have you heard of Da Vinci Robot Surgery Machines? These devices were supposed to revolutionize surgery, but could they actually harm patients?
According to a recent study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine published in JAMA Surgery, patients who undergo robotic colon surgery have no benefit over laparoscopy and the medical costs for the robotic surgery are higher. The data was from 244,129 colectomies, taken from similar complication rates, mortality rates and length of hospital stays [...]
According to the FDA, Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci Robot system has received 3,697 adverse reports through November 3, 2013. This number is more than double of the number of adverse events Intuitive Surgical received last year at this time. Last year, the da Vinci robot only received 1,595 complaints through the FDA. Click here to [...]
In a study published in the prestigious Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Green Journal) covering 804,551 benign hysterectomies in the United States in 2009 and 2010, patients undergoing surgeries using robots (including da Vinci robot) were more likely to have pneumonia post surgery, had the same complication rate as no robotic surgery, and paid $2500 [...]
In a recent inspection of Intuitive Surgical, the makers of the da Vinci surgical robot, the FDA found that Intuitive broke protocol when it warned customers of problems with one of the surgical equipment pieces without alerting any regulators. According to the FDA, in October 2011, Intuitive sent customers a warning letter advising of corrections [...]
As medicine searches for new means of surgical procedure, many felt with robotic surgeries there would be better health care and less chance of medical error. One of the leading robot surgeries is the Da Vinci robot machine made by Intuitive Surgical Inc. It was first FDA approved in 2000 for adult and pediatric use [...]