To live in this day and age is a blessing. Advances in medicine are happening faster than any other time in history. Who would have believed fifty years ago that robots would be performing surgery on humans?
To be fair, these robots are not sentient beings. They do not think or feel. Technically speaking, a doctor still performs the surgery, the robot is used merely as a tool in the operation. One such robot is the da Vinci Surgical System.
The surgical system allows for operations to be performed through just a small number of incisions. The robotic system displays a magnified 3D and HD vision system to the doctors. The robot’s many tiny wristed instruments bend and rotate more than a human wrist can. The da Vinci manufacturers claim that all of this allows for surgeons to operate on patients with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity, and control.
What happens, though, in rare cases when the robot malfunctions?
Injuries happen. The da Vinci Surgical System utilizes electrosurgery – the application of a high-frequency electric current to biological tissue as a means to cut, dry, or destroy it. The electrocurrent the da Vinci system uses has been known to cause severe damage by tearing into patients’ bowels. Patients are also at risk for burns, tears, and perforations of organs. If these injuries go undetected during the original surgery, they can cause internal bleeding and pain, requiring another surgery to prevent any fatal accident.
Patients should thoroughly discuss all options with their doctor before undergoing robotic surgery.
Those who’ve already undergone the surgery and who had complications requiring an additional surgery may be entitled to compensation. Those patients should request a free, no obligation legal case evaluation here.
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