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Da Vinci Surgical System

Southern Institute for Medical and Legal Affairs is currently representing individuals who have been injured as a result of robotic-assisted surgery utilizing the da Vinci robot. Dr. Blaudeau launched an investigation into the safety of the da Vinci robot two years ago when he noticed a national increase in the number and seriousness of complications for patients who had undergone surgeries involving the da Vinci robot. This research, along with additional information uncovered by Dr. Blaudeau, has led our firm to file cases for individuals who have been injured in surgeries involving the da Vinci robot.


CNBC interviews Southern Institute attorney and practicing physician Francois Blaudeau regarding the dangers of da Vinci robotic surgery.

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Local health system changing hysterectomy procedure for cancer patients

A local woman, who is battling stage four cancer, has a message for all the women in your family. She wants you to know about the nightmare she is now living after having a hysterectomy. She found out she had cancer after the procedure.

Doctors at UR Medicine are now changing the way they do hysterectomies for some cancer patients. They are adding safe guards, so the cancer doesn’t spread. Doctors will now use a special medical bag to capture tissue they remove.

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Patient Says Knowing Morcellator Risk Boosted Her Cancer Survival Chance

Colorado chemist and college instructor Debra Grymkoski believes her awareness of the potential risks of power morcellation may have saved her life.

Ms. Grymkoski, 53 years old, was diagnosed earlier this year with fibroids, common and benign uterine growths that can cause pressure and bleeding. She scheduled a minimally invasive hysterectomy, in which her doctor would remove her uterus through a small incision.

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FDA warns of hysterectomy danger

In the wake of a public campaign waged almost single-handedly by a Boston thoracic surgeon, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday warned against a type of minimally invasive hysterectomy that can spread cancer.

The use of a power tool that minces up tissue for removal — called a morcellator — can inadvertently spread undetected cancer. While the chance of that outcome was once thought to be quite low, the FDA now says the risk is as high as one in 350 women.

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