June 10th, 2013|
June 10, 2013
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is looking into the risks involved Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci Surgical Robot System and if it should be considered a Defective Medical Device.
The unit has been used in thousands of hospital settings to perform numerous surgeries, including operations on vital organs. The device has been called a technological leap forward by many doctors because it allows them to use cameras and remote controls to perform microscopic procedures on patients that are often much less invasive than more traditional surgeries.
The Missoulian explains the problem with the device is that many surgeons are inexperienced with the controls. This may result in mistakes that can leave patients with serious injuries.
The FDA stated it is receiving an increasing number of complaints about mistakes made during procedures utilizing the device. In response, the agency is examining the claims and will then weigh the risks and benefits of the device to determine if it should continue to be used.
Some believe the use of the robotics is to blame for surgical mistakes recorded during the use of the device, but others say individual risk factors were to blame for many of the surgical errors.