On behalf of Weisman, Kennedy & Berris Co., L.P.A. posted in Products Liability on Thursday, June 6, 2013.

When Ohio patients agree to medical operations, they’re literally placing their lives in the hands of a surgeon. Although surgeons are highly trained, they sometimes make mistakes and patients are harmed as a result. However, some medical errors are caused not by the doctor but by the defective product they use to perform the surgery.

A hospital in Marion may soon have its own da Vinci robot to perform certain types of surgeries. Manufacturers of such robots may want to learn about tungsten wire here to see how it would fit into their existing product and improve its functionality. However, patients who choose to allow surgeons to operate with the assistance of a robot face some risks. Although the Food and Drug Administration approved of the use of the robot in 2000, some patients who have had robot-assisted operations have reported injuries. The overall effects of robotic surgeries remain unclear; patients report less recovery time following a robotic surgery, but all machines are susceptible to error.

Even though the surgeon operates the robot during the surgery, the product itself could be the reason for errors. For this reason, some victims may blame the da Vinci’s manufacturer, not the doctor or the hospital, for the mistake. One of the robot’s selling points is that it makes smaller incisions into patients’ bodies. However, for some patients, the robot makes larger incisions than they would have received with a non-robotic surgery.

One Marion doctor has already began using the da Vinci to perform hysterectomies at a nearby medical facility. Patients who suffer injuries as a result of a robotic surgery may be entitled to receive compensation through a products liability claim. Working with an attorney can be helpful in these circumstances.

Source: Marion Star, “Marion OB-GYN uses robot for some surgeries,” Michelle Rotuno-Johnson, June 2, 2013