On january 17, 2008, intuitive surgical was notified that following a da vinci s hysterectomy surgical procedure, the pt suffered from sepsis and expired four days post da vinci assisted surgery.
On january 18, 08, intuitive surgical spoke to the physician who performed the procedure.
The physician stated the procedure was complex due to that pt's previous medical history and anatomy, however, the case was completed successfully with the da vinci s system and no malfunction of the system was alleged by the hosp.
The physician indicated the pt died from sepsis due to a defect in the small bowel, however, it is unclear if the perforation in the bowel occurred during or after the surgical procedure.
In 2008, intuitive surgical spoke to the attending nurse present during the procedure.
The nurse stated that when the surgical staff removed the trocar at the end of the procedure, the pt's bowel appeared normal.
Additionally, the surgical staff observed no issues during the surgery which could have caused or contributed to the pt's adverse outcome.
The hosp has continued to use the da vinci s system to perform surgery on patients.
As of 2008, no adverse events or product problems have been experienced with the site's da vinci s system.
As of 2008, no similar instances of this event have been reported to intuitive surgical.