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Posted by on Jun 6, 2015 in Medical Injury | 0 comments

The Potential Dangers of Medical Devices and Surgical Tools

Surgery is often a risky medical procedure. Thankfully, advancements in the field of medicine over the last couple of decades have helped keep patients safe from the more perilous outcomes that could happen during surgery. In fact, technology today has enabled doctors to perform basic procedures using techniques that are minimally invasive. With the help of laparoscopic medical devices and surgical tools, the risk of patients getting infected post-surgery has significantly gone down.

Power morcellators and the Da Vinci Robot are among these surgical tools widely used by doctors for minimally invasive procedures. Morcellators are used to remove fibroids, which are non-cancerous tumors that grow inside a woman’s uterus. On the other hand, the Da Vinci Robot is a multi-armed machine operated that allows surgeons to perform several routine abdominal procedures without having to cut open the patient’s stomach. While both tools have been incredibly useful in dozens upon dozens of operating rooms across the world, they also pose dangerous risks that most people are unaware of.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, morcellators prove to be highly effective in cutting down and removing benign growths in the uterus through its fast-spinning blades. However, they also note that the use of morcellators can be greatly dangerous for women who have undiagnosed uterine cancer. If a doctor is unaware that some of the growths they are cutting down in the uterus are actually malignant, they can inadvertently cause the cancer to spread more easily. In fact, because of such concerns, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning about power morcellators, informing the public that they could be extremely harmful for women with uterine cancer that have not yet been noticed. What’s even more alarming is the fact that this type of cancer is difficult to catch, and is often only detected once a patient has undergone surgery.

Meanwhile, the website of the National Injury Law Center talks about cases that show how the Da Vinci Robot can cause serious complications. One of the lawsuits noted on their website include a case filed by a New York father after his 24-year-old daughter had died due to fatal burns and punctures to her arteries and intestines caused by the machine.

While medical devices and surgical tools are meant to help improve a patient’s recovery and treatment, these machines are still susceptible to human error. Such errors can be committed by the manufacturers who create these machines or the doctors that make us of them. Either way, it’s best that patients and their families are aware some of the potential risks and dangers that are involved.

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