Technological advances in the field of medicine have resulted in new procedures and innovations that couldn’t have been imagined decades ago. However, technology develops and changes very quickly, and in some cases equipment may be used before it has been proven to be safe. Even if it is safe, doctors may not have had the proper training on how to use it without harming patients.
One medical device that is currently under scrutiny is the DaVinci Surgical Robot. It was approved by the FDA in 2000 to perform several types of surgeries. The robot is most commonly used for prostrate removal, gynecological surgeries, and repairing cardio valves. A surgeon controls the robot, which allows the machine to perform very delicate and precise movements. It also uses a camera, which enhances the visuals of the surgical site for the surgeon. The company that makes the device claims that it has greater precision and dexterity than a surgeon has using his or her own hands.
However, there have been some problems with the device. One is that many surgeons do not have enough training with the device. The device takes many hours of training and practice, and some surgeons do not receive that training before using it. If a doctor performs a surgery with the device and an incision is made in the wrong place or on the wrong body part, there may be serious or even lethal complications.
If you have suffered complications during surgery from a surgical robot, you should speak with an attorney. You may be able to recover compensation for your damages from the doctor who performed the surgery, the manufacturer of the device, or other parties. If you are in Houston, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call today to learn more or visit us on Google+.