Recalls: Intuitive Surgical Warns da Vinci Robot Can ‘Stall’

Intuitive Surgical issues a Class II recall warning of the potential for nearly 1,400 of its da Vinci surgical robots to ‘stall’ during procedures.

Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) warned surgeons last month that its flagship da Vinci surgical robot can “stall” during procedures.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Intuitive sent an “urgent medical device recall” notice to healthcare providers Nov. 11 detailing the problem, according to the FDA.

“Reports of friction within certain instrument arms can interrupt smooth instrument motion. This can be felt by the surgeon as resistance in the movement of the master. In this situation, the instrument can stall momentarily and then suddenly catch-up to the master position if the surgeon pushes through the resistance,” according to a notice posted yesterday on the federal watchdog agency’s website.

Intuitive posted its own notice about the problem Nov. 19, saying it would repair or replace the affected parts as needed.

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Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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