Are robotic surgeries safe?
Written By: Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Ruffo & Giuffra LLP
Since 2011, robotic surgeries have become a mainstay in many operating rooms in the U.S. From the popular da Vinci robotic surgery to other less well-known types, patients in almost every state have become familiar with the benefits and some of the downfalls to minimally invasive surgical options. But, are they safe?
Although the true pros and cons may not be known for several more years, many doctors agree they are a safe alternative to the traditional hands-on surgery. However, a surgical procedure where the surgeon is sitting at a console and not at your side may not seem safe to everyone.
There are several obvious advantages to robotic surgeries. Not only does the robotic option require smaller, less invasive incisions, they can also fit into tighter places like the throat. Delicate work can be done by a surgeon at the comfort of a console rather than tirelessly standing over a patient's bedside. Full color, 3-D magnified viewing is also a benefit while undergoing robotic surgery. There is also believed to be less blood loss during surgery, and a lower need for pain medication post-surgery.
As great as all of this sounds, there are still doctors not completely sold on the robotic option. In the past several years there have been complaints about products liability in regards to surgical robots and injury to patients. There have been cases of surgical robots nicking blood vessels and other organs while performing surgery and even accidentally puncturing, burning or tearing a patient while under anesthesia.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with the robotic option to surgery. Patients facing a medical condition requiring surgery may want to speak to their medical providers about the pros and cons associated with these types of options. For individuals that have undergone robotic surgery and suffered an injury or loss, it may be beneficial to speak with a medical malpractice attorney.