Every surgery carries inherent risks for patients. Advancements in the medical field, like the introduction of robotic processes, should lessen these risks and improve outcomes. The unfortunate reality is that robotic surgery complications are quite common. Human error still exists and impacts these surgical procedures, and the integration of robotic devices adds the possibility of mechanical failure, as well.

Hospitals, medical facilities, surgeons, and manufacturers could be held liable for errors and injuries after a surgery complication involving robotic systems. If you believe your surgical accident was caused by negligence and would like to discuss your legal options, contact D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC. Our medical malpractice attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience, making us perfectly suited to evaluate your case and provide guidance for the next steps.

What are Robotic Surgery Devices?

There are many types of robotic and computer-assisted surgical technologies used in medicine. Robotically-assisted surgical (RAS) devices are used to help surgeons control instruments during procedures, which is intended to allow them to make less invasive or more accurate incisions.

A common type of robotic surgery is da Vinci surgery, which refers to the use of the da Vinci Surgical System. This is a machine with multiple arms and robotic instruments that provide more range of motion than a human. In theory, the da Vinci system is less traumatic for the patient, with a shorter recovery period and fewer complications. In practice, however,  patients can be harmed by the da Vinci system and other robotic surgical devices and machines.

Common Robotic Surgery Complications

Surgeons use computer-assisted and robotic surgery tools for a variety of procedures, including:

  • Heart valve operations
  • Hysterectomies
  • Hernia repairs
  • Cancer treatments and surgeries
  • Gynecological procedures

Because of the wide range of uses, the injuries and complications that patients experience also vary. Depending on the type of surgery, injured patients suffering from robotic surgery complications could be facing:

  • Internal burns
  • Unintended cuts and lacerations
  • Internal tears
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Bleeding

Who is Liable for Robotic Surgery Complications in Connecticut?

Surgical mistakes, negligence, and faulty equipment can cause extensive damage to patients, leading to the need for additional surgeries, hospitalizations, and other unforeseen complications. If your surgeon was not properly trained in the operation of the equipment, the hospital or surgeon could be responsible for your injuries. In addition, negligence during the surgery could mean the doctor operating the robotic equipment is liable for your injuries.

Because robotic devices are manufactured by separate companies and not as part of the medical facility, there is an added layer of complexity to injury cases involving this equipment. If the device itself is defective, you may not have a persuasive lawsuit against the medical facility or physician. Speaking with an experienced medical malpractice attorney is the best way to determine who should be held responsible in your injury claim.

Robotic surgery complication cases are complex, and there are many ways that patients can be injured during these procedures, including:

  • Improper training
  • Failure to warn patients of the risks
  • Insufficient practice prior to surgery

This list is far from exhaustive, as there are numerous ways for the negligence of surgeons, hospitals, and medical staff to harm patients during a robotic surgery procedure.

Experience You Can Trust in Your Robotic Surgery Complication Case

At D’Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC, we know how challenging it can be to navigate medical malpractice claims. With us by your side, you can concentrate on healing while we work toward getting you the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.