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Intuitive Robots May Stall in
Surgery, Company Warns

Bloomberg, by Shannon Pettypiece & Robert Langreth

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Posted By:Maryland_Patriot, 12/5/2013 4:28:11 PM

Intuitive Surgical Inc. (ISRG), the maker of a $1.5 million robot surgery system, told doctors that friction in the arms of some devices may cause the units to stall, the second warning issued about the company’s products in a month. The company sent an “urgent medical device recall” Nov. 11 alerting customers of the issue, which affects 1,386 of the systems worldwide, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a Dec. 3 notice on its website. The stalling may result in a sudden “catch-up” if the surgeon pushes through the resistance, the agency said. Intuitive is facing growing questions about its

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Safari Man, 12/5/2013 5:07:53 PM     (No. 9641904)

The stalling doesn´t sound so bad, but the "sudden catchup" sounds like it could have some bad effects like open up some arteries or slice through some vital organs.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: schnapps, 12/5/2013 5:13:15 PM     (No. 9641910)

What the patient hears...
"Scalpel"
"Scissors"
"Dang! Grease-gun."

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Reply 3 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 12/5/2013 5:16:46 PM     (No. 9641917)

"The foot bone´s connected to the - arm bone.
The arm bone´s connected to the - head bone, and the ... etc.
No thanks.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: tonyl, 12/5/2013 5:18:11 PM     (No. 9641919)

I´ve seen it in action. It´s a great device and they´ll fix it. It can mean the difference between a 3-4 day hospital stay or day surgery if all goes well.

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