For women preparing to undergo hysterectomy surgery in which a da Vinci robot will be used, there are two types of operations that can be performed: simple hysterectomy, in which the uterus and cervix are removed, and radical hysterectomy, in which bands of connective tissue in the pelvis, uterosacral ligaments and upper vagina are also removed. This article describes how both of these operations are performed.
How a Robotic Hysterectomy is Performed
The process begins with five 1/4-inch incisions being made in the patient’s abdomen. Ports are then placed in the incisions through which the surgical robot’s camera and arms are placed. Next, the uterus is extracted from the ovaries and fallopian tubes. At this point, the ureters and uterine arteries are clearly visible. The uterine arteries, which supply blood to the uterus, are then cut and cauterized. The cervix may be left intact or taken out.
If the cervix is left intact, the uterus is detached from the cervix and then taken out with a power morcellator, which cuts the uterus into tiny pieces that can then be taken out through the ports. If the cervix is taken as well, more incisions are made to detach it from nearby tissues. The cervix and uterus are then detached together and removed through the vagina, after which the vagina is sutured shut.
Robotic Supercervical Hysterectomy
In some cases, it may be possible to perform a supercervical hysterectomy with a da Vinci Robot, in which the uterus is removed but the cervix is left intact. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) advises against performing robotic supercervical hysterectomies. However, for some patients, this procedure may offer long-term benefit for pelvic organ support.
Can I File a Da Vinci Robot Hysterectomy Lawsuit?
Only a qualified attorney can determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit against Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the da Vinci Robot, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations. Simply fill out the confidential evaluation form below to contact our law firm now.
Most cases involving medical devices allege that a product was sold with design, manufacturing, and/or marketing defects, which typically refers to a company’s failure to warn of a certain side effect. In the case of the da Vinci Surgical Robot, our attorneys suspect that patients may be able to take legal action in light of claims that Intuitive failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk of hysterectomy injuries.
How Can Filing a Lawsuit Help Me?
By filing a lawsuit against the maker of the da Vinci Robot, you may be entitled to collect compensation for all current and future medical expenses related to the treatment of your hysterectomy injury, as well as for damages for pain and suffering. Additionally, filing a lawsuit can help hold the drug’s manufacturer accountable for releasing an allegedly defective drug into the marketplace, and to discourage other pharmaceutical companies from engaging in similar conduct.