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Surgical errors with robotic arm cited in charges against surgeon

In a recent post, we talked about the concern the Food and Drug Administration expressed over the use of robotic surgeons in relation to surgeon errors. These robotic systems are controlled by surgeons and when a surgeon makes an error in judgment, a routine surgery can become much more complicated. It takes special training and concentration on the part of the surgeon to correctly operate a robotic surgeon. People in Providence may want to examine a robot surgery decision more carefully in the light of the recent action taken against a surgeon.

The surgeon's professional conduct is being questioned after a series of surgeon mistakes were revealed. The surgeon, who contracts with a hospital to conduct kidney removal for donations, was reported to the state's medical board by the hospital in connection with 11 cases involving robotic surgeon mistakes.

In those cases, patients' aortas were nicked and cut, sponges and medical instruments were left inside, an inappropriate artery clip was used, and one elderly patient even died from kidney failure. While the surgeon's attorney defends the care provided by the medical professional, the state's medical board is asking a judge to take disciplinary action in relation to his license.

At least one victim has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the surgeon and it is likely that other victims may take similar action, given the recent claims. When someone is injured from surgical malpractice, the effects can be life altering. Any victim of a surgical error may want to consider meeting with an attorney to learn how they can hold a negligent surgeon responsible.

Source: The Denver Post, "Colorado charges doctor in problem-plagued robo-surgeries at Porter," Micha el Booth, April 10, 2013

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