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The da Vinci® Surgical System — a complex robotic surgery system marketed by California-based Intuitive Surgical — may inadvertently burn tissue and cause injuries to patients.

The EndoWrist Hot Shears Monopolar Curved Scissors — which is a component of the da Vinci® Surgical System — can develop tiny cracks that allow electrical energy to escape. The cracks may not be visible to surgeons using the device, and they could burn tissue, including organs, arteries and veins, and other tissues.

As a result of these "micro cracks" and other concerns with the da Vinci® system, reported injuries have included surgical burns to arteries and organs, punctured organs, bowel injuries, excessive bleeding and even death. Intuitive Surgical is warning potential patietns about these risks.

In one reported case, a Louisiana woman suffered severe post-operative complicaitons related to burns to her colon. According to media reports, the burns were not the fault of the surgeon, but of errant electrical currents from the Surgical System.

Sheller, P.C. is currently investigating injuries caused by da Vinci® system. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury after a robotic device surgical procedure, please Sheller, P.C. at (215) 790-7300, so we can evaluate your claim.

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