Intuitive Surgical off the hook in erectile dysfunction lawsuit

February 2, 2010 by MassDevice staff

A federal appeals court clears Intuitive Surgical Inc. in a case involving a malfunction of one of its da Vinci surgical robots during a prostatectomy.

A federal appeals court cleared Intuitive Surgical Inc. (NSDQ:ISRG) of any liability in a lawsuit alleging that one of its malfunctioning da Vinci surgical robots caused a Pennsylvania man's erectile dysfunction.

Roland Mracek sued Intuitive after undergoing a prostatectomy at Bryn Mawr hospital in June 2005. During the surgery, the da Vinci robot went on the fritz and displayed error messages; after his surgical team and an Intuitive rep couldn't make the robot work, surgeons performed a traditional laparoscopic prostatectomy, according to court documents. A week later Mracek suffered an episode of gross hematuria (visible blood in the urine) and later developed severe groin pain and erectile dysfunction.

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