People in Massachusetts require surgical procedures for a variety of different reasons. While some people may elect to have specific surgeries, most people likely undergo such treatment because there is a medical necessity or it will, in some way, improve their quality of life. While these patients are likely aware that there is always some degree of risk, they likely expect that, barring unforeseen medical complications, their life will be somewhat improved after the procedure. Unfortunately, one out-of-state woman claims that a surgical error has actually caused her a severe amount of pain, impacting her everyday life.
No matter one's social or economic background, every patient here in Massachusetts and everywhere else deserves the same care and diligence when it comes to serious health problems. Unfortunately, patients who are currently incarcerated do not have the option of seeking their own trusted medical care providers and must place their lives in the hands of the staff that the penal system has under contract. While the majority of these medical practitioners exercise the same care regardless of who their patients are, there was a recent incident where a surgical error has placed a man's health in jeopardy.
In July, the Food and Drug Administration sent a letter of warning to Intuitive Surgical, Inc. concerning the marketing and advertising of its robotic surgical equipment. In spite of advertisements touting the benefits of this technique, several patients reportedly suffered harm from a surgical error caused by these devices. A medical director for Massachusetts General Hospital stated that the facility has been deluged by literature and offers promoting robotic surgery.
Back in the summer of 2009, a large Boston hospital welcomed a new member to its surgical team: a robotic system named da Vinci.