Robotic Surgery Solicitors - Medical Negligence Compensation - Da Vinci


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Post-Operative Infection

Robotic surgery is increasingly being performed for a number of medical conditions. It involves having the surgeon sit at a computer table while robotic arms do the exact work. The robotic arms are big but the tools attached to them are very small.

The surgeon makes an incision into the skin so the instruments can be inserted into the body. A camera called an endoscope is inserted into the body as well and allows for three dimensional pictures to be seen on the large computer screen. The surgeon 'tells' the robot which arms to move and in which direction.

A common device used in robotic surgery is the Da Vinci machine which has been in use for a number of years and primarily has a use in hysterectomies and in prostate surgery. The Da Vinci robot has come under some scrutiny because of the failure rate in some cases.

Robotic surgery is a lot like laparoscopic surgery in that small incisions are made in the body and small instruments are passed through these incisions. The difference is that very small and precise movements can be made through the robotic system that can’t be done with laparoscopy. It allows for precision in cutting that could only be previously done in open surgery. The surgeon can manipulate the robotic arms very easily, once they have been inserted into the chest or abdominal cavity. The endoscope does all the 'seeing' for the physician.

The surgical area can be seen much more easily than with laparoscopic surgery and the surgeon is left more comfortable, pushing buttons behind a screen. Robotic surgery carries the risk of being a longer surgery than even endoscopic surgery. The patient is under anaesthesia for a longer period of time. The robot takes a long time to set up and to manoeuvre.

Robotic surgery is done on the following procedures:
  • Radical prostatectomy
  • Coronary artery bypass graft
  • Gallbladder removal
  • Cancer surgery
  • Hysterectomy
  • Hip replacement
  • Kidney surgery such as removal or transplant
  • Mitral valve repair of the heart
  • Pyloroplasty of the stomach
  • Tubal ligation

Some procedures that are considered very complex are not good candidates for robotic surgery.

The risks of robotic surgery include anaesthesia risks and risks due to allergies to medications given in surgery. Patients can have difficulty breathing during and after the procedure. There can be excessive bleeding that isn't picked up on because of the narrow field of vision the surgeon has to deal with using the endoscope. There can also be infection as with any surgical procedure. If an infection and abscess occurs, the patient may not have the luxury of a robotic procedure and may need open surgery to drain the abscess.

Remember that you cannot eat or drink for eight hours, prior to the procedure. If the surgery is to the bowels, the bowels must be cleansed using the procedure your doctor recommends. You must stop taking blood thinners like Coumadin or warfarin and any anti-inflammatory medications or blood-thinning supplements for ten days before you have the robotic surgery.

Recovery time tends to be shorter following a robotic surgery, provided there are no complications. You may go home the same day or stay over just one night after robotic surgery. You should be able to walk shortly after the procedure, depending on the procedure being done. Even though the incisions are so much smaller than a large incision procedure, you still can't lift heavy objects or strain yourself for a period of time after surgery.

Overall, doctors who do robotic surgery claim that the recovery time is faster, the amount of pain and bleeding is less, the hospital stay is shorter, and the risk of infection is less. The scars are much smaller and people feel better faster following a robotic surgery. The risks vary depending on how well versed the surgeon is in doing these kinds of procedures so make sure the hospital and surgeon has done many of these procedures before.

Robotic Surgery - Solicitors Medical Negligence Compensation

Our robotic surgery negligence solicitors operate using the no win no fee* scheme and you will not have to fund or finance your post operative infection claim in any respect. In the event that the claim is successful the other side will pay our legal charges and if we are not successful you pay nothing at all. You have nothing to lose in taking up our offer of free advice on robot surgery claims (including the Da Vinci machine) and there is no further obligation should you decide not to pursue a claim further. We offer a true professional risk free service and you will only ever deal with a qualified, specialist medical negligence solicitor who answers to the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Do yourself justice and call our offices today.


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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here