According to the findings of a new study, robotic surgery for some gynecologic procedures not only results in higher medical costs, but also increases the risk of serious complications for patients. In the study, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, researchers from Columbia University Medical Center found that complication rates for robotic surgery performed using the da Vinci Surgical System or similar devices could be twice as high when compared to traditional surgical procedures. Furthermore, robotic surgery was also found to add more than $3,000 to the cost of the medical procedure in some cases. If you have suffered complications of robotic surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System, contact a product liability attorney today to discuss your legal options.
Although the da Vinci Surgical System has been increasingly used in hospitals across the country in recent years, the findings of this new study suggest that the potential risk of complications and increased medical costs associated with robotic surgery may not be worth the possible benefits. “Compared with laparoscopic surgery, robotically assisted adnexal surgery is associated with substantially greater costs and a small, but statistically significant, increase in intraoperative complications,” the researchers wrote. If you believe you have been adversely affected by side effects of da Vinci robotic surgery, our consumer advocates at the Consumer Justice Foundation can help put you in touch with a knowledgeable lawyer who has experience handling robotic surgery injury claims.