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Lawsuit Mounting over Intuitive Surgical da Vinci Robot

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Patricia Mayfield and her husband Drennan have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi against Intuitive Surgical claiming that design defects of the da Vinci robot caused her to suffer serious injuries to her bowel and vaginal cuff during a hysterectomy.

According to the lawsuit, just days after her hysterectomy, Mayfield had to return to the hospital and undergo treatments for injuries sustained during the procedure, which have left her with permanent injury and pain.

The lawsuit claims that Intuitive Surgical failed to provide physicians with adequate training and failed to provide hospitals with skilled technicians. It also claims that the company used “intimidation” to “force” hospitals to use and promote the da Vinci device over safer options, and that the company suppressed complaints and hid complication reports from the FDA and the public, while heavily marketing the device.

The device manufacturer has been named in an increasing amount of lawsuits regarding the da Vinci robot by plaintiffs who have suffered internal burns and tears during surgery, including allegations by the father of a 24-year-old who allegedly died two weeks after a hysterectomy due to complications of from the da Vinci robot assisted surgery. disclaimer: This article: Lawsuit Mounting over Intuitive Surgical da Vinci Robot was posted on Monday, May 14th, 2012 at 9:04 pm at and is filed under Medical Device Lawsuits.

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