All medical procedures carry some level of risk. Even routine surgeries come with some dangers, such as excessive bleeding from the surgical site. In addition, recuperating after any type of surgery can be challenging and take time. In recent years, some people have had the benefit of minimally invasive surgeries using robotic technology.
Unfortunately, healthcare providers occasionally make mistakes with this innovative technology. If you or a loved one suffered harm from a specialized medical procedure, our Shelton robotic surgery malpractice lawyers are here to help. A dedicated malpractice attorney at Berkowitz Hanna can assist with your claim and take the necessary steps to make things right.
One of the most groundbreaking advancements in medicine involves the use of robotics during surgery. Robotic technology allows surgeons to operate by guiding a device inside a patient’s body through a computer using internal cameras. The main advantage of this type of surgery is that surgeons can operate without making as large of an incision, which helps patients to have faster and smoother recoveries. Doctors only have to make an incision large enough to insert the robotic device, instead of making a large incision as a surgeon would in a traditional surgery.
With a small incision, the patient can usually recover faster and has a reduced risk of infection. In addition, the device can also reduce surgical error by being steadier, more precise, and reaching places that a surgeon’s hands cannot. Surgeons now use robotic technology in a wide variety of operations, including gynecological, prostate, kidney, and gallbladder surgeries. However, as Shelton lawyers know all too well, robotic surgery also comes with risks.
Most problems with robotic surgery occur because of inexperience. Because the technology is so new and advanced, not every doctor receives training on how to perform these procedures in medical school or residency. Surgeons occasionally perforate, puncture, tear, or burn a patient’s organs, tissues, nerves, or blood vessels, resulting in significant blood loss and other injuries. Surgeons cannot rely on their sense of touch when they operate with a robotic device, so they might apply too much or too little pressure. Problems can also occur when a surgeon inadvertently leaves a piece of the instrument inside a patient’s body.
Other times, computers malfunction in the middle of a surgery, causing a surgeon to be unable to complete the procedure. When the computer does not function correctly, the surgeon might be unable to accurately control the device’s movement or see what they are doing.
The Shelton attorneys at Berkowitz Hanna understand how to review complex medical records to determine how a robotic surgery mistake occurred. Our legal professionals work tirelessly and diligently to hold the negligent party responsible after a malpractice injury.
Robotic surgery can allow doctors to perform revolutionary and life-saving procedures. Unfortunately, inexperienced medical staff do not always know how to correctly operate these devices. If you believe your doctor acted negligently during your medical procedure, you could be able to collect damages in a malpractice claim.
This area of the law is highly nuanced, so be sure to take your case to attorneys who have experience handling claims like yours. At Berkowitz Hanna, we work with various experts in the field to craft strong legal strategies on your behalf. Schedule a free consultation with a Shelton robotic surgery malpractice lawyer to get started.