Do Dangers Outweigh Benefits for the da Vinci Surgical System?
The rapid progression of technology and its place in the medical world can be personified in the da Vinci Surgical System, a robotic console controlled by a doctor to perform surgery. Rather than perform incisions by hand, robotic arms do the work, giving doctors a hands-free approach. But are there more risks created by this system than there are benefits?
The da Vinci consists of four arms that manipulate instruments and control a camera in an effort to perform minimally invasive laproscopic surgery. The console senses the surgeon’s hand movements and turns them into micro-movements for the instruments while trying to eliminate any tremors. However, concerns have been raised over whether the system could actually lead to more mistakes and causes too many financial challenges.
One of the main complaints about the da Vinci is that there is no tactile feedback for performing incisions or suturing. As such, surgeons may not be able to properly respond to a patient’s unique condition or realize that they are making a mistake, such as cutting too deeply. Additionally, some physicians believe that there is no advantage to using the system in place of traditional surgery in many instances. Whether or not it improves in the future, in the present it may simply be a more expensive option that is no better or worse than other procedures, with it costing $3.5 million during a five-year period.
Perhaps most importantly, this robotic system is still very new and has many unanswered questions concerning its safety and overall benefits. While many various organizations and medical centers are currently looking into the matter and studying its effects, benefits, and dangers, demand by patients and use in hospitals are quickly escalating before complete results can be found.
If you or a loved one has been harmed by a dangerous medical procedure, you have the right to hold those who caused your trauma responsible and gain compensation to help you recover physically and financially. Call us now if you or a loved one is looking for a da Vinci system injury attorney. Attorney John Page is dedicated to providing injured victims with the representation they deserve in the search for compensation. For a free consultation on your case, call us today at (314) 322-8515.