Intuitive Surgical warned doctors this week that friction, in certain circumstances, can form in the arms of some of its $1.5 million da Vinci Surgical System robots, which likely would cause the unit to stall. This marks the second warning from the company about its surgical robot in a month.
Intuitive issued an “urgent medical device recall” November 11 alerting customers to the problem, which impacts 1,386 systems worldwide. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said the stalling can occur during a sudden “catch-up” if the surgeon pushes through the friction-caused resistance, according to Bloomberg News. More Intuitive Surgical Warns of Potential Friction Buildup in da Vinci Surgical Robot