Going into surgery is scary thought for many people, especially since it seems that each day there is another story about medical malpractice.
Patients requiring a surgical procedure may learn that the surgeon will use a special assistant during the procedure. The assistant is not a medical resident or surgical nurse. Instead, many surgeons are utilizing a high tech robot called the Da Vinci to help guide the scalpel and create the necessary incisions. An explosion in robotic assisted surgeries has led some patients and professionals to question whether the devices are responsible for causing surgical errors.
We've all heard the horror stories: someone goes in for a simple surgery only to discover upon waking that they are missing a limb. Generally, people across the nation, including here in Maryland, assume that medical mistakes like this happen more often in movies than they do in real life. But a recent study conducted by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore suggests that these mistakes could be happening more than we think.