An Illinois woman named Brandi Chabalowski is seeing red after a laparoscopic surgery left her with second- and third-degree burns.
Also known as keyhole surgery, laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive technique wherein doctors do not have to make a single, large incision in the patient. Instead, several small “port” incisions are made. Through these ports a camera is inserted, giving the doctor the ability to see what’s going on in the patient’s insides. Other surgical instruments are then inserted through the ports, and thus begins the surgical procedure.
One such instrument is the cautery pen. It is used to cut through small tissue or to cause small blood vessels to stop bleeding. Cautery pens use a technology called electrocautery, where a metal probe is heated up by an electric current. Through heat conduction, the metal probe causes body tissue to be cut or to coagulate, depending on the setting being used by the doctor.
Brandi is not the only patient who has been injured by electrocautery. Additionally, many patients have filed lawsuits after being injured by robotic surgery. The da Vinci Robotic Surgeon is one such surgical system that has come under fire.The electrocurrent the da Vinci system uses has been known to cause severe damage by burning, tearing, and perforating the organs of its patients. If these injuries go undetected during the original surgery, they can cause internal bleeding and pain, requiring another surgery to prevent any fatal accident.
For those that have been hurt by robotic surgery, compensation for medical bills is available. Certain lawyers are offering free case evaluations to those that have been hurt.
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