Prostate Removal Robot Surgery Injury

The Da Vinci Surgical Robot is being used as a minimally-invasive alternative to the abdominal incision prostatectomy. Using this method yields less trauma to the belly and a faster recovery time. Unfortunately, serious complications arise from the overuse of robotic surgery for benign cases, including the tearing of tissue, bleeding, scarring, and bladder injuries. The risk of these complications is rising due to the rising frequency of robotic surgery.

Complications:

  • Blood in urine
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Decreased sexual function
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Scarring
  • Tearing of the bowel leading to internal bleeding
  • Death

Using the Da Vinci Surgical Robot is completely different from traditional surgery. Surgeons don’t get feedback of tactile sensation of torn tissue and must make judgment calls by only looking at tissue with their eyes. Having only the sense of sight to discern whether something has torn is far less accurate than being able to actually feel the tear with one’s own two hands. Because of this, more patients are suffering from damage to tissue and blood vessels.

In addition to the surgery being purely visual from the surgeon’s perspective, there are reported problems with the insulation in the robot arms. Robot arms are used 10-15 times, instead of the three times recommended, before they are swapped out- due to cost of the arm. As more surgeries are performed,the arms degrade, causing a loss in energy that travels down the arm to the tip of the instrument the surgeon is using.

The fault of these complications lies across the board – from Intuitive Surgical (the five billion dollar company that created the Da Vinci Surgical Robot) to the hospitals themselves. Intuitive Surgical pressures hospitals into using their technology by telling them they are not technologically sophisticated if they do not use the robot. They also state that the hospitals and physicians will lose market share if they do not implement them. Not only do they pressure hospitals, but through their direct marketing strategy targeting patients, they have enlisted the internet to help push these false and unverified facts to the public.

Intuitive Surgical began studies across the country in order to maintain and improve their product. When the studies began to yield unfavorable results and prove there was a high level of risk related to robotic surgery, they cancelled them and hid the results.

Intuitive Surgical is not the only one to blame. The hospitals are also responsible for the complications associated with robotic surgery. The cost of training and the machine itself are roughly 2.6 million dollars. Hospitals do not want to spend more than they have to and are cutting training and certification classes short.

The results are real. After going under the robotic knife, men have reported they have experienced bladder and bowel injuries, leaking of urine, significant pain during intercourse, decreased sexual function, chronic debilitating pain and in some cases, death.

Prostatectomy, or the removal of the Prostate, is typically caused by benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlargement of the prostate) or cancer. Prostate cancer affects approximately 189,000 men in the US each year. Symptoms that you may need your prostate removed are pain during urination, restrictions during urine flow, frequent urination, and painful ejaculation. The risks and rewards of undergoing a prostatectomy are high for men. The most common risks are incontinence (the inability to control urination) or impotence (the inability to achieve an erection). 90% of men who undergo a prostatectomy benefit from having the surgery.

If you or a family member have had a robotic procedure and suffered a bowel, bladder, urethral or vascular injury and had to have additional repair surgery or had a family member die, please contact me at 866 853-3659 for a free case evaluation.