When used for prostatectomy surgeries, the da Vinci Surgical System has been found to have the potential to cause complications that can seriously affect the patient’s long-term recovery and quality of life. The severity of these side effects depends on the patient’s age, health, and skill level of the surgeon performing the operation. Da Vinci Prostatectomy Lawsuits are now being investigated on behalf of men who suffered blood loss, deep vein thrombosis, erectile dysfunction, incontinence, and herniation of the bowel after undergoing prostatectomy surgeries performed using the da Vinci Surgical Robot.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: If you or a loved one has suffered serious complications after undergoing a prostatectomy that involved the da Vinci Surgical Robot, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
Da Vinci Surgical System Prostatectomy Complications
Since it was first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000, the da Vinci Robot has been linked to adverse health complications when used during prostatectomy surgeries, a procedure where all or part of the prostate gland is removed. Due to the fact that the prostate is located around a large number of blood vessels, blood loss is the most frequently reported complication associated with the device. Other da Vinci Surgical System side effects may include deep vein thrombosis (blood clot that originates in the legs or pelvic region), and herniation of the bowel at the site of the surgery.
Da Vinci Prostatectomy Lawsuits are also being filed on behalf of men who developed incontinence and erectile dysfunction (ED). After prostate removal surgery, most men tend to suffer a certain amount of incontinence while they recover. This is due to the fact that urinary function is controlled by several muscles, one of which is located in the prostate gland. After it is removed and the urethra is reconnected to the bladder, patients may experience incontinence until the remaining urinary muscles get stronger over time.
Among the most pressing concerns for men who undergo a da Vinci prostatectomy is the risk of erectile dysfunction, or the inability to maintain an erection long enough to have sexual intercourse. During the surgery, nerve bundles that allow the penis to become erect may be removed if they are found to be cancerous, stretched, or otherwise damaged. However, if the disease is diagnosed in a timely manner, patients may be eligible to undergo nerve-sparing prostatectomy. During this type of surgery, the neurovascular nerve bundles surrounding the prostate are left intact in hopes of retaining the patient’s normal sexual function.
Research published by the Vattikuti Institute of the Henry Ford Health System indicated that nearly 100% of men who underwent a nerve-sparing robotic prostatectomy had their sexual function return back to normal. Of the test subjects, 84% experienced erections as good as those experienced before the operation, and 13% reported erections strong enough for sex, but weaker than those before the surgery. Full recovery may take up to three years, and depends on several factors including the man’s age, psychological stability, as well as the skill level of the surgeon performing the prostatectomy.
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Do I Have a Da Vinci Prostatectomy Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in da Vinci Robot lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new da Vinci prostatectomy lawsuits in all 50 states.
Free Da Vinci Prostatectomy Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, If you or a loved one has suffered serious complications after undergoing a prostatectomy operation that involved the da Vinci Surgical Robot, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.