Robotic Surgery Safety and Potential Medical Malpractice Risks

September 21, 2013

Medical Malpractice

The explosion of technological advances has enhanced lifestyle in a number of ways. The practice of medicine is no different. Robotic surgery has developed from imaginative science fiction to reality. The benefits of using robots as an aid to surgeons include the following:

  • A minimally invasive procedure

  • Fewer surgical complications

  • Shorter surgery and recovery times

  • More precise movements

  • More visibility

  • Less opportunity for infection

  • Smaller scars

Technology and the learning curve

While some organizations such as the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynecology have worked to provide training standardization guidelines to assure robotic surgery safety, it is the hospitals themselves that determined how they credential physicians.

Unfortunately, it may be possible for a surgeon with only minimal training to perform robotic surgery. SAGES suggest that robotic surgery training for surgeons include a demonstrated competence in operation of robotic equipment, knowledge on safely removing the robotic device in an emergency and how to manage systems failures.

Asking the questions

Before robotic surgery patients should ask these three questions of their surgeon:

  • The number of successful robotic surgeries performed.

  • Whether the patient will be the only surgery performed or will the doctor be performing multiple simultaneous surgeries.

  • What types of complications have resulted from robotic surgeries performed by the surgeon?


As with all surgeries, there can be complications involved, such as increased risk for infection and bleeding. As the use of robotic surgical instruments becomes more mainstream, data collection on surgical injuries related directly to the use of this equipment can be gathered more easily.

Put our injury law team to work for you!

Training and standardization have not kept pace with the technology. A Florida citizen who finds themselves a victim of errors during robotic surgery may wish to contact a Florida personal injury lawyer. At the law offices of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, the initial consultation and case analysis is always free. Call (813)-321-5757 today.

Because of the fact that cases involving Medical Malpractice injuries may be highly complex and exceedingly specific, our law firm commonly works with other law firms who have considerable experience in each particular case type. Thus, we may be referring these types of cases to a separate firm, with whom we typically associate and work with on a co-counsel basis.