The da Vinci Surgical System is a surgeon controlled robot used in keyhole surgeries that require precession and a steady hand. Unfortunately, as the number of surgeons using the surgical robot has increased, so has the number of adverse events reported to the FDA.
According to the Daily Mail, Intuitive Surgical has issued an ‘urgent medical device recall’ for the robotic arms of its da Vinci Surgical System after finding that friction can cause the arms of the 1.5 million-dollar medical device to stall or seize up in the middle of surgery.
Recent event reports received by the FDA include an incident in which the hand of the surgical robot would not let go of tissue grasped during surgery and an incident in which a woman was hit in the face by one of the robotic arms while on an operating table.
The FDA estimates that the problem could affect 1,386 robotic arms across the world.
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