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The maker of the da Vinci surgical robot has flagged a potential issue, reports CNBC's Herb Greenberg.
Intuitive Surgical issued an “urgent medical device notification” concerning one of its robot’s instruments that can cause internal burns.
Most robotic surgery takes place without a hitch, but a growing number of complaints and lawsuits allege complications and even deaths from Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci device.
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If the critics of robotic surgery are right—that safety is an issue—how is that it was performed on 450,000 people last year? The answer may lie in one word: Marketing.
The number of complications from robot-assisted surgery using Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci robot are underreported, allege critics of the procedure, fanning the controversy around the company's pioneering product.
Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci robot was once hailed as a revolution in the operating room, but as more reports of complications have come to light, the da Vinci debate is heating up.
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In this excerpt from his CNBC.com documentary "The da Vinci Debate," Herb Greenberg reports that a robotic surgery device made by Intuitive Surgical is the subject of lawsuits claimed it injured patients. (2:20)
Some 450,000 people had robot-assisted surgery last year, making Intuitive Surgical, the maker of the da Vinci machine, one of the hottest stocks around. Hospitals across the country embrace the cutting-edge surgical device but criticism is mounting. CNBC's Herb Greenberg investigates allegations of problems in the operating room in his latest documentary, "The da Vinci Debate."
CNBC's Herb Greenberg investigates allegations of problems with the da Vinci surgical machine in his latest documentary.
If the critics of robotic surgery are right -- that safety is an issue -- how is it that robotic-assisted surgery was performed on 450,000 people last year?
With controversy swirling around Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci robot, some critics are wondering whether the number of complications from robotic surgery are underreported.
As claims of complications after robotic surgery have come to light, lawsuits have been popping up across the country.
Thirteen years ago Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci robot was hailed as a revolution in the operating room, triggering a hot IPO and an even hotter stock. But as reports of complications after da Vinci surgery rise, the debate over its effectiveness and safety heats up.
Dr. Younes Bakri, director of gynecologic oncology at West Virginia University and a robotic surgeon who provided this video, says it shows electrical arcing from a cover that was designed to prevent such effects. He and other critics say arcing can burn tissue. (Warning: Graphic Content)
Weekly jobless claims will be more important than usual for markets Thursday, after an uneven series of claims reports this month and a surprisingly weak March employment report.
Earnings season kicks into high gear in the week ahead. Plus, at least 10 Fed speeches. How risk-averse are investors? Oh, this is going to put them to the test. Rest up.
Like all computers, Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci robot can malfunction during surgery. A range of results have been reported by surgeons.
In recent years, as the surgical robot's popularity has grown, so have questions and concerns about its safety, training and the aggressiveness of its marketing.