Technological advances have reached the medical world, with the development of the “da Vinci Surgical System.” This device is an advanced platform made to help and enhance any surgeon’s capacities in performing major operations. This is a new system that allows minimal invasive option for many major surgeries. It is marketed by a California-based company called Intuitive Surgical Inc., made available to the public for since the last decade and has been widely hailed as a breakthrough in non-invasive surgeries.
The da Vinci surgical system works by allowing surgeons to operate on their patients using small incisions made to insert the minimized wristed instruments, including hi-def 3D cameras which allows the surgeons to view a magnified image of the site where the surgery will be performed. The da Vinci surgical system is a device that performs solely based on the instructions and movements of the surgeon.
Nevertheless, despite the popularity of the da Vinci surgical system, there have been rising reports of injuries caused by using this surgical robot. Complications such as punctured organs, surgical burns, peritonitis (inflammations of the abdomen’s inner wall), and many others have been widely reported by victims. There have also been reports of death due to severe complications caused after surgery using the da Vinci surgical robot.
Most of these injuries are reportedly caused by the lack of training of the surgeons who use them. Because of the low training standards that are put on surgeons who operate the da Vinci surgical robots, many patients have been put in potentially high risks of serious and life-threatening complications. Based on reports from the Bloomberg News review, there have already been 70 deaths related to the use of da Vinci surgical robot, with 5,000 reported injuries. Despite these huge numbers, people are still unaware of the risks of the da Vinci surgical robot. Even with the many lawsuits that have been filed against the manufacturers and users of the da Vinci surgical robot, the demand to use the system is still on the rise, thanks to glossy marketing and people’s unawareness of the risks and dangers that come with using the system.