The Da Vinci surgical system has been under a barrage of pressure from all sides. On one end, a long list of adverse event reports are racked over it, followed by a burgeoning line of lawsuits against its manufacturer. Recently, the FDA is making rounds, sponsoring a survey to measure surgeon training and other complications related to the device in key medical centers and hospitals nationwide. Many conclude the future is bleak for this particular surgical care technology, Bloomberg reports.
A published March 1, 2013 article stipulates that the FDA is reaching out to various surgeons in top U.S. hospitals. The agency is gathering data from these health professionals on a list of criteria regarding Intuitive Surgical, Inc., maker of the Da Vinci surgical system.