Robotic Surgery Injury

The over-use of robotic surgery in benign gynecological cases can cause many problems that may not have occurred if the surgeries were performed directly by a doctor. Robotic surgery can severely injure the bowel, bladder and blood vessels. Some of these injuries can even occur without the surgeon knowing it, which can lead to severe complications if left untreated.

Please watch the videos on this page which explain the dangers of robot surgery.

Three of the Most Common Robotic Surgical Injuries

Bowel Injuries:

These are injuries to the colon, rectum, or small bowel that occur with robotic surgery. A few days after surgery, patients experience abdominal pain, distention and can develop nausea, fever, and vomiting and/or diarrhea. If these symptoms are not promptly diagnosed and treated, death can occur.

Bladder and Ureteral Injuries:

These injuries, if seen at the time of surgery can be repaired. If not seen during surgery, patients can develop pelvic pain, fever, and blood in their urine. Repairing the bladder and ureter can require several surgeries depending on the extent of the injuries. Patients can have long term issues with pelvic pain, formation of fistulas, and decreased sexual function.

Vascular Injuries:

Arteries and veins inside the abdomen and pelvis can be injured from tearing of the bowel by the robotic arms. These injuries become very serious and can require transfusion of blood. If the wall of the blood vessel is injured, it can cause internal bleeding and even death up to several days after the surgery.

If you or a family member have had a robotic procedure and suffered a bowel, bladder, ureteral or vascular injury and had to have additional repair surgery or had a family member die, please contact me at 800 309-0100, so we can evaluate your case.