By: David Rheingold
Concerned about "an increasing number" of robot surgery injuries, the Massachusetts Board of Registration has become the first state to seek tighter controls and more patient warnings for Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci Robotic Surgery system. The Board emphasized "risks for robot-assisted surgery should be thoroughly explained" to patients. See "ADVISORY ON ROBOT- ASSISTED SURGERY"
As a product liability and medical malpractice firm representing patients injured by robotic surgery, we agree with the Board's conclusions that robotic surgeries "carry risks of complications and poor outcomes," and credentialing doctors "should be based on proven competency and proficiency, rather than completion of a set number of cases." The was reported on Bloomberg News' website.