CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A recent study reviewed thousands of robotic surgery injuries and found the number of patients at risk to be impossible to ignore.
Researchers at MIT, Rush University Medical Center, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studied over 10,000 adverse events involving robotic surgery from 2000 to 2013.
Adverse events is a term used amongst medical and insurance professionals to reference when something goes wrong during a medical procedure – from the smallest error, to misdiagnosis, to personal injury or death of a patient. The study covered male and female patients, including women who had undergone power morcellation.
The study found in its sampling that 144 patients died, almost 1,400 were injured, and over 8,000 medical device malfunctions were reported.
The conclusion of the report was that “despite the widespread adoption of robotic systems for minimally invasive surgery, a non-negligible number of technical difficulties and complications are still being experienced during procedures.”
What do they mean by non-negligible? It means the number of deaths, injuries, errors, and malfunctions were impossible to ignore. They were not just flukes and arguably represent a systemic problem with these robotic surgeries.
This study helps bolster and support the claim that women are at risk of harm when doctors use a laparoscopic power morcellator during a myomectomy or hysterectomy.
Power morcellators are one type of robotic device used to remove uterine fibroids or to remove the uterus in women. A device involving a set of small circular blades is inserted into the abdomen through a small incision in order to chop up the targeted tissue into small pieces. These pieces can then be pulled through the small hole.
This was a popular means of conducting fibroid removal and hysterectomies in women for many years because it was minimally invasive. However, the power morcellator has been tied to serious health complications in women – the worst being the robotic device can spread a very aggressive form of cancer throughout the body.
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