Da Vinci Maker Warns About Potential for Inadvertent Burns

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Recently, Intuitive Surgical issued a warning about their da Vinci Surgical System, a device that has seen its share of complaints from those who allege the product led them to experience complications during surgery.  The scissors of the system have a shaft whose distal end is in danger of suffering microcracks.  When this occurs, energy can leak out, leading to a potential inadvertent burn.  Surgeons are being advised to make sure that a person’s skin isn’t in contact with the shaft when not being used so that the possibility of a burn isn’t possible.  Scissors that don’t suffer from this issue should reportedly be available soon.  It should be noted that this is not a recall; instead, the company argues that the risks of removing the item from circulation would be greater than allowing continued usage.

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