da Vinci Surgery Side Effects May Include Burns, Tears and Other Devastating Injuries

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted April 25, 2012


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Since our law firm began reviewing potential da Vinci surgery lawsuits, our lawyers have spoken with a number of individuals throughout the United States who have experienced severe and devastating injuries that may have been avoided if they had not undergone robotic surgery using the device.

Based on our investigation, it appears that the manufacturer, Intuitive Surgical, Inc., aggressively marketed this device while attempting to minimize the serious risk of complications and side effects from da Vinci surgery. However, evidence is being to emerge about the surprisingly large number of people who have experienced serious issues after undergoing a da Vinci robotic surgery.

Da Vinci surgery side effects may include damage to the bowel, badder, blood vessels, arteries, ureters, vaginal cuff and other organs or surrounding tissue due to a risk of:

  • Burns and Tears
  • Dehincenses (which involves openings or ruptures of organs, allowing fluids or contents to leak out)
  • Hematomas (which involves a collection of blood outside the blood vessels)
  • Sepsis or Infections
  • Fistulas (which involves an abnormal connection or passageway between two organs or vessels that do not normally connect)

Many of the effects experienced by individuals following robotic surgery appear to be related to the use of monopolar energy to cut, burn and cauterize tissue. In addition, the da Vinci robot may have inadequate insulation for the arms, which may become worn or torn in places, allowing the electrical current from the da Vinci robot to “arc” and cause damage outside the operative field.

In addition to problems with the design and marketing of the device, Intuitive Surgical also failed to adequately train surgeons or proctor them on the proper use of their complex robot.

Many hospitals allow physicians to perform da Vinci surgery on live patients after only receiving limited training, yet emerging research suggests that the risk of side effects from da Vinci surgery may be substantially higher with less experienced surgeons, and some procedures require hundreds of cases before a surgeon becomes proficient with the technique.


UPDATE 5/14/2015: Saiontz & Kirk is no longer accepting new clients for da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuits
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144 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • Gina says:

    I had a Hystorectomy using the Da Vinci 11 months ago. The first week after surgery I began having pain in my right abdomin that led me to the ER, were they ran numerious test and found nothing? It will be 12 months since my surgery and im still in pain!! Going threw tests after test and have no answers as of yet? Im very frustrated and tired of being in pain! Feels like it could be nerve issues in bladder, overy area? anyone else have the same issue after surgery??

    Posted on June 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm

  • Karen says:

    I had a cystocele,rectocele,vaginal vault prolapse, as well as pelvic organ prolapse which required surgery. My GYN suggested using the Da Vinci abdominal procedure(sacrocolpopexy) as he explained to me it was much safer than the earlier transvaginal procedure. I was in pain to the point i had to go out of work on FMLA because I could no longer perform my required duties. Since the surgery, I have been in pain both in the pelvic region as well as having constant vaginal muscle spasms. My Dr. waited 9 weeks out after the surgery to inform me that the sacrum attachment which held everything in place was too tight resulting in my pain. Then he informs me another operation is necessary to go in and loosen the tension. Two surgeries later I am still in pain, fearful of losing my job, and am being forced to return to work to keep from losing my job. I have bills to pay.
    I am now at week 11 with little improvement. Tired of being in pain all the time as well. Can you make any suggestions?
    Gina, I truly sympathize with you .

    Posted on June 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm

  • Rosie says:

    I had a total hysterectomy using the da Vinci 9 months ago. After one month I started having pain on my abdomen. My doctor said go to a GI maybe it’s the gall bladder, kidney stones or stomach issues. GI gave anti-seizure meds to calm the nerve endings. No change in fact pain is worse now all around trunk area and down my right side. I went back to my primary dr got blood work everything normal. My oncologist ordered CT scan everything normal all organs. After that continued taking ,hydroco and,, gabatin for pain. This pain has changed me completely I am not as active and depressed because I dont know what’s wrong. I am going to a neurologist soon maybe I’ll get an answer. Hope you feel better.

    Posted on June 17, 2012 at 2:07 am

  • Gina says:

    Thank you Karen and Rosie for telling me your stories. I am having exactly the same pain issues and getting the run around from doctor to doctor telling me that they dont see anything in the test? Thinking kidney stones, bowel issues ect ect.. I had an MRI last weel and have an appt today for the results? Im so frustrated and tired of the pain as well! I will keep you ladies informed if I have any luck with a diagnosis which may help you ladies to figure out whats going on so we can get our lives back!!

    Posted on June 21, 2012 at 1:29 pm

  • mahmoud says:

    I had Prostatectomy by di Vinci they perforated my colon and lacerated diferent part of my intestine, also they injured my eyes.

    Posted on October 29, 2012 at 11:55 am

  • Jill says:

    I had a total Hystorectomy using the Da Vinci method 13 months ago, since then I have had non stop pain in my right hip radiating down my leg going into spasims, terrible pain. I am still paying off the bills and was told to just do theropy, right now I can’t afford the co-pays and loss of work. I now con’t sleep at night and have a pronounced limp, I am 47 years old and had always been active. Has any one else had this happen to them?

    Posted on December 6, 2012 at 10:39 am

  • Karen says:

    Well, here it is December & still out of work due to pain. I have been shifted from Dr. to Dr. and they all say they cannot find the cause. Went through a complete MRI and still nothing. The original surgeon finally gave up in frustration not being able to find the cause & sent me to Duke Hospital for an evaluation. They cannot find anything either! I am so frustrated and my husband is so upset because all he can do is watch me cry(daily) I too have developed a slight limp from this. I would rather have lived with the prolapse than this! Do not think I will ever get better. My job is hanging by a thread. Was unable to return to work in June as was originally stated. Am running out of options. Anyone have any suggestions?

    Posted on December 23, 2012 at 7:48 am

  • Cassie says:

    I had surgery for a hesteremony on April 3,2012, a month after my left leg had just swollen up like a elephant on May 13,2012 and I went to da ER,and they tells me I had a utl..what that had to do with my leg swollen and feet and pain in my groin,then for next3months I kept going to the doctor who gave me the surgery to see why my leg and groin keep hurting and swelling and she just kept inorging it until on August 7.2012 that same leg gotten a blood clot which the clinic still trying to maintain 2day and that same doctor is altering my medical papers and writting office notes of lies bcuz I am not getting off her case for the truth..believe me tos doctors know whats going on with us,but they will lie to us to the end even if it kills us that the devinci robot did no harm..ladies stay on that hospital in what you believe.GOD WILL REVEAL EVERYTHING JUST PRAY AND HAVE FAITH,PLEASE DONT GIVE UP,WE ARE HEALED FROM THE CROWN OF OUR HEAD TO THE SOLE OF OUR FEET,AMEN IN JESUS NAME .THERE WILL BE A WONDERFUL LAWYER THAT GOING TO HELP EACH AND EVERYONE OF US. P.S.LADIES GET YOUR X.RAYS,MRI,AND LET THEM SHOW YOU THERE”s nothing wrong,WE JUST DONT HAVE THIS PAIN AFTER THE DEVINCI ROBOT BCUZ THEY THINK THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING..BELIEVE DA OLD WAY OF HAVING A HYSTERETOMY THOSE WOMAN HAD no medical problems AND STILL Dont HAVE ANY MEDICAL PROBLEMS 2day.

    Posted on January 12, 2013 at 6:46 am

  • Anna says:

    had a full hysterectomy via da vinci. When I woke up form surgery, I had this very sharp, intense deep pain when I coughed, sneezed, got out of bed, and bent over toofar so I thought it was b/c of surgery and would go away. It’s about 2 inches over from the upper most incision. It has been almost 3 mos and I feel it when I impact, like jumping jacks, jumps off a step, run faster on an elliptical and when I lay on my side. I asked my surgeon and he siad he didn’t do anything there that would cause the pain. I had an ultrasound on my gb,liver,pan,an kidney which came back normal and my physician says to use a heating pad. Now I am going to have to continue being the squeaky wheel to figure out what the heck the pain is caused from!

    Posted on January 13, 2013 at 9:26 pm

  • CAROL says:

    WOW OK i HAD A SURGERY 9-10-2010 for a simply hysterectomy. I was in surgery for 9 hours when i woke up I had bowl coming up through my vaginal area. My husband could not reconize my face he said it looked as if someone punched me over and over. my doctor told me i would have to have another surgery because he did not know what went wrong. I was sent home and did not have a bowl movement for 28 day’s with bowl running through my whole system. I was readmitted and 12 day’s later a tube ripped through my colon. we took pictures and then the nightmare of over 33 trips to Northwestern Hospital to have corrective surgery. 2 years later I have still problems with my colon. I now have to have more tests since i’m bleeding in my uterus area. and bowl keeps backing up. No lawyers and i’ve had many will even touch my case since i did not die. they just can’t risk getting me into court because as they say it’s not enough money it was only a tube. they don’t know if the tube was off the machine or an enema tube. Please someone help media attention is needed for our stories to get out there. My faith in the system is being tested but as Cassie say’s lets keep praying that someone will care enough to fight the beast of this system.

    Posted on January 16, 2013 at 7:21 pm

  • Amy says:

    First, let me say I feel for all of you as I too had kidney surgery in Aug.2012 via da vinci. The pain I felt deep in my hip and the intense burning I felt was disregarded by my doctor as being just symptoms of “after surgery.” Here it is 5 months later, the burning is so intense, I finally researched it, sounds very much like RSD syndrome caused by nerve and vessel damage. Caused by da vinci? Fatigue and depression are now knocking loudly at my door. Never had any of this before procedure was done. Worst part, it is getting worse! Down to working only 2 days a week, and that is difficult! We must band together & take action, some how, some way! It is wrong we suffer like this!

    Posted on January 19, 2013 at 12:18 am

  • Karyn says:

    I had a date with Da Vinci in August 2012. Surgery did last a bit longer because of other complications (ie, lost needle and a “massive hernia”). I had a Total Abdominal Hysterectomy with a left Salpingo-oophorectomy. I returned to work a bit too early (two weeks later) and just felt extremely exhausted. At that time, other issues like a fissure, broken blood clot and flatulence became a thorn in my side but soon subsided. I continue to have an uncomfortable dull feeling in my right lower abnominal/pelvic area but just enough to be a nuisance. I have had numerous CT scans (I can probably light up a small stadium) and of course, niente. It seems way too often, the physician’s focus is depression or anxiety. “Is anxiety or depression the cause of your hypersensitivity”, I have been asked. Many have heard it way too many times. Let me mention the fact that my pain in my stomach prior to my surgery sent me to the ER many times but only for the physician to say, “we will get you something for the pain but it will be a non narcotic.” The last time I looked in the mirror I was an intelligent, hard working wife and mother but how fast I was labeled a drug seeker. That trip to the ER in ~June 2012 because of intense abdominal pain with a twist. I am not talking about a twist of lime in my Kamakazee but a distracting twist as if my insides were a shammy. A CT scan was performed and the physician explained that I had a kidney stone that shouldn’t be causing me any pain because of where it is sitting. It could come down tomorrow or in ten years he said. That’s when the words of wisdom dribbled out of his mouth like a newborns saliva during teething and said, “how is your anxiety”? I wanted to believe his decade of dominant knowledge could’ve uttered something a little more sophisticated. No, I was wrong. I was referred to my GYN because of a previous diagnosis of endometriosis and sent off to play. I hope you are following me here. This trip to the ER was in June and my visit to GYN was in July with a surgery scheduled for TAH on August 2nd. If you recall in the beginning, my surgery took a bit longer because of other issues….yes it was a “massive hernia” that took my GYN “an hour to pull my intestines out”, he exclaimed. I guess the teething ER doctor needs a bib after all. I requested the radiology report from the ER and sure enough, the hernia was mentioned by the radiologist but never relayed to me. Result- An unnecessary TAH. A simple hernia repair by an appropriate surgeon could have be the solution to my agony. Now I am only left with a dull, yet constant reminder of the hysterectomy I never needed. I’m sure the legal system would argue the fact I have two healthy children so having more children is besides the point.

    Posted on January 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm

  • Maria says:

    had a full hysterectomy via da vinc 8 months ago, Before my surgery I was very normal with bowel movements and so forth, I was like a clock every single morning I was very regular. Right after my surgery I started having problems, I started taking fiber and didn’t help all it did was get me bloated, then I started taking stool softeners and it helped a little then I had to go for more stronger meds like laxatives and that seemed to help for a while, but I suffer from abdominal pain , very much gas, and now I have started taking 3 to 4 laxatives a night or else I won’t have a bowel movement. I have been to doctors and they all say the same thing take fiber, laxatives etc. But this is getting worse, I feel horrible and the pain is getting worse.

    Posted on January 31, 2013 at 10:21 am

  • Jane says:

    I had a complete hysterectomy with the Davinci ten months ago and my bleeding didnt stop for almost four months along with lots of pain in my abdomin. I still continue to have lots of pain and now my left thigh in numb, burning, and i feel like pins stabbing me. i’ve had x-rays but nothing shows up my doc has tried different nerve meds but I have had no relief. the back pain and abdomin pain are to much to handle. I never get a good nights rest.

    Posted on February 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm

  • ann says:

    my surgery was 3 years ago,..for awhile complained of feeling raw,..at times sharp pains on the left side of my abdomen near the lower pelvic area,..I went to my doctor and explained my symptoms to him,..again stating it feels raw,..thinking maybe I had a UTI,..or Bladder Infection,..he did a so called test and said it was clear,..at times it feels like something has been left inside of me like a plastic utensil and at times i feel nauseated,..headaches have been more apparant,..and pain relivers don’t help,..i have to take laxatives because fecal matters and it’s weight seem to aggravate my symptoms and cause me to experience extreme heartburn with belching,..at times the bottom of my abdomen feels strange like it’s positioned where it should not be,..at times i think i should have an ultrasound done just to make sure nothing has been left inside of me at one point vaginal discharge was brown with alot of odor hasn’t been as bad but it’s still happening,..Dr’s make me feel stupid and unimportant,..i have been in the process of finding a concerning doctor who really cares.

    Posted on February 25, 2013 at 2:58 pm

  • Menia says:

    This is scary to see all the comments made so far. I underwent Davinci robotic surgery in April 2012 to remove a large fibroid tumor/mass removed from the left side of my uterus (a procedure referred to by my OB/GYN as a myomectomy). I am now approaching 11 mos. post-op and not only is my pain worse but at times I have to drag one leg, because of the numbness and pain on that side. If the procedure was faulty or something was not done correctly, I expect some answers as to what went wrong with me.

    Posted on March 4, 2013 at 1:15 pm

  • Kelly says:

    I had a total hysterectomy in May of 2012. I was back to work, I’m a teacher, about 2.5 weeks later. I am a runner and have never had any problems. The summer of 2012 I began having major stomach issues after running, then during running. I would cramp up so badly, I had to make sure there was a bathroom in my route. It is terrible. During my last race, of 10 miles, at about the 8 mile AND after taking Imodium, I was cramping up so badly I had to stop running. After I finished, I was in the bathroom for hours after. I would scream out in pain. There’s a fair amount of blood; as my stool is maroon. I know, gross. Now that it’s winter and I’m not running outside, I”m totally constipated. It’s awful. Prior to my surgery, I was like clockwork, every morning. Also, I’ve had liver problems. I constantly have a pain in the lower, right side of my abdomen and back. I’ve had a couple of different procedures, including an endoscopy and colonoscopy. Nothing comes up. When I cough or sneeze, or clear my throat, I feel like something pops in my lower abdomen. There are times when I feel like I’m having period type of pain. It’s very upsetting because I am a super active person, I’ve three kids, including 3 year old twin boys and a 9 year old. I’m 39 a school teacher and track coach. Ugh, I just want my energy back and to be pain free.

    Posted on March 7, 2013 at 12:16 am

  • cassie says:

    Everyone on here please hear me out.. them doctor’s are lying about our x rays, our health.. we need to get together and let our voice be heard. We should keep writing the cancer society association.. over and over and other important agency’s of medical resources. THE DEVINCI ROBOT DID THIS TO ALL OF US.. LET NOT LET THEM GET AWAY WITH IT.

    Posted on March 12, 2013 at 2:06 am

  • kelly says:

    i had a partial hysterectomy in march of 2012. it has been one year and i have had terrible pain in my left side ever since. had a cat scan and found nothing, had a exam by my obgyn and found nothing. had a test done on my bladder and guess what…. nothing. i was sent to a gi and they did a colonoscopy and the results were normal. gi told me it was ibs, which i have no other symptoms of and have not ever had any. i think they cant find anything so they blammed it on ibs, which it isnt. i am tired of hurting so badly it brings me to tears daily and not having answers.

    Posted on March 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm

  • Brenda says:

    I had a hysterectomy via Devinci in July of 2012. A few days later I was having trouble breathing and was in extreme pain. I went back to the ER. They just said the pain was because I was healing but they kept me for 4 days because of my trouble breathing. The doctor said I should follow up with my cardiologist because the breathing may have something to do with my heart. I do have trouble with my heart beating too fast sometimes but before the surgery I never had a hard time getting a deep breath. I even went to a lung specialist who did testing and cant find anything. Anyway on tuesday, I am going for a CT Scan because I have this nagging pain in my right abdomen. I am scared what they may find. It feels like a lump. I am glad I found this site because I had the hysterectomy 8 months ago and Ive read the comments and alot of people are having the same symptoms as me. Im tired, achy, in pain and depressed because I have no energy to do things with my 11 year old and 6 year old twins.

    Posted on March 24, 2013 at 10:27 am

  • Michelle says:

    I had a Da Vinci hysterectomy in November 2011. Eight weeks after having my son, and I have cramps all the time. Also having bladder problems. I can not sneeze, cough or laugh without peeing on myself. I went to my dr and they suggested I do exercises. I do exercise my muscles and it is not working. I got so frustrated and have not gone back. My sex life is difficult because it hurts so much. I don’t know what to do.

    Posted on April 5, 2013 at 5:43 pm

  • Mary Jo says:

    I had total hysterectomy by the Davinci robotic surgery on 5/24/2011. I have had deep abdominal pain, stomach and bowel trouble since. I lay at night with an ice bag on abdomen area just to get to sleep. I have been for upper and lower GI procedures and an ultra sound to check for kidney, gall bladder or anything, all negative. The pain is mostly unbearable. It will be two years post surgery this May.

    Posted on April 8, 2013 at 3:22 pm

  • Christy says:

    In feb 2011 I had partial hysterectomy with the Di Vinci robot and have had pain ever since numerous doc visits er visits they found nothing then went to doc that finally just did exploratory laperospy surgery and I had a hernia that busted threw my bowel and twisted bowels. Had 3 more surgeries because still in pain and now traveling 5 hours away to see if they can figure out my pain. I have pain in left side of stomach that is constant standing walking too long will make it worse so does stress then I have pain on right side that comes and goes for no reason and is horrific but they never find anything. I also aug 4th of last year almost died of a gi bleed. I actually coded had hypothermia convulsions and who knows what else had 4 blood transfusions and week in icu. I have 6 kids can’t do crap for them we don’t go anywhere cause walking makes it worse. I just cried forever and still do that last summer I never once took the kids to swim, their summer break is about 5 weeks from now and this momma wants her life back with no pain so I can enjoy my babies. I feel for everyone of u. I know what it is like to have that er look at u like u r druggie just there for narcotics ummm no someone find what the crap is wrong and give me my life back

    Posted on April 13, 2013 at 5:16 am

  • Ang says:

    I had a hysterectomy 3 weeks ago. I first was urinating often. So the doctor prescribed medication for a urinary tract infection. The medicines Cipro made me break out with a rash due to allergical reaction. I have gotten pain in my right back, left lower abdominal side and terrible pain in the lower right abdominal area. I had been getting chills and sweats but no fever, feeling nauseous. I was sent for a CT scan. I started bleeding right after the CT Scan. I learned that I had a hemotoma with the possible of an abscess forming. I insisted that my doctor see me that day. Because a friend of mine that was a former Internal Medicine doctor for women looked at my CT disk and told me this could cause a major infection throughout my body. My doctor admitted me into the hospital for an Abcess. I stayed in the hospital 2 night and 3 days. They gave me 3 different types of antibiotics via IV and now I am home and taking 2 different kinds of antibiotics. I am still have left and right lower abdomnial pain. I go back to the doctor next week

    Posted on April 18, 2013 at 8:53 pm

  • Janet says:

    My husband had Da Vinci surgery April 4th. His colon was telescoping. We didn’t know until he went in they were definitely using it….it was suppose to be a possible assisted surgery. He now has a hematoma in the ccoxy and pelvic area 10c by 7c…solid mass that can’t be drained or surgically removed because of risk of infection. Horrible abdominal pains…flatulence…burping and nothing is helping. Also now has worse bowel problems than he had before. Said he wished he’d never had the surgery. He’s also been hospitalized twice since the surgery for the pain. Someone has to help all of this because the hospitals/doctors aren’t going to. It’s like a huge cover-up…2 cat scans says nothing wrong except the clot and that will take 4 months to dissolve…..I say BULL! Anyone else that has gone through this?

    Posted on April 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm

  • pam says:

    i had a partcial hysteractory done 1/09-4/09,had fluids leaking out of me,leaving blisters all over my vagina area,legs,any place the fluids would drop on my skin.i was treated for everything,even went to a disease clinic(had myself tested for HIV).the doctor bills i had,we wont even talk about them,yet i was still paying this obgyn and hospital bill.a vulva disease doctor said i had contacted a sexual disease(i just listened to her,if she only knew i hadnt been with anyone for years,i was willing to take any medication she could give me though).she did it worked for a brief periodof time.here it is 2013,still leaking,been accused of sexual diseases again,lol what a joke,their meds dont work anymore,and i have developed a huge mass over my mons area.its gross.has every scan out there done on me even pet scan,they see it,a mass full of fluids,trauma sugeron refuses to operate due to infection,and in 03 had had a tummy tuck and muscle reatttached to adoman wall(2nd son was 9lb baby and tore muscle).in 2011,got diagnosed with invasive melanoma,so im one of those individuals that will keep paying the rest of my life not only doctor bills,but personally too.had the hysteractomy done to one large fibroid that would come on whenever it wanted,make me look like i was 7-8months pregnat and unable to urinate.

    Posted on April 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm

  • Joanne says:

    I had a partial hysterectomy with the Da Vinci robot in September 2012 . I feel for all u ladies I know what your going threw cuz Ian going threw it still and it is almost end of April . Iam in constant pain on my left side and right where it radiates down my legs . Can’t hardly walk , work and can’t do nothing with my kids .when I had my surgery it ended up being 11 hrs long cuz they stitched my bladder . They had to cut my 10 yr c section incesion and repair . Told me I had 2 major surgeries in 1day cuz the robot stitched my bladder . , and my lungs collapsed and had to wear a cathear home for two wks after the surgery . I keep telling them about my pain and they keep telling me every women is different . Plus ladies I have to ask when I pee I have so much pressure I have to stop it’s so uncomfortable . Been at the hospital so many times and still the same nothing. But the first time after my surgery with severe pain in right they found out my stool was so backed up it was heading out the other way . I can’t wait till we all have Justice and be healed right I pray every nite things will get better . Good luck ladies !!

    Posted on April 22, 2013 at 11:03 pm

  • Carol says:

    Those of you with ongoing pain, did you have mesh put in? If so, it may be the mesh that is hurting you so much! Google mesh injuries. You have to get that stuff removed and have your repairs done using your own tissue. Please..look into this. The mesh can erode through your organs and make you very sick. Dr. Raz in LA is one of the few docs in the country who can completely remove the mesh and repair you using your own tissues. I’m sure there are other docs too. Please get this looked at!

    Posted on April 29, 2013 at 2:29 pm

  • Karen says:

    I had a DaVinci complete hysterectomy in 2012. I went to a very experienced surgeon. I had some abdominal discomfort for about 3 days and urine leakage for about 10 days and minimal spotty discharge. I have to state that the pain was LESS than the wretched periods I had endured. After that, perfection. I do not regret anything about the surgery except I wish I’d been able to do if 15 years earlier. I am sorry to hear so many people have had problems. I do wonder if their surgeons had as much experience and mine did. After surviving breast cancer, I am glad not to have ovaries, a uterus, or a cervix.

    Posted on May 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm

  • Misty says:

    I had a Da Vinci hysterectomy in Nov. of 2010. I am still having pain and discomfort. Every time I walk or stand long periods of time, my stomach gets bloated and hard as a rock. The most discomfort is right under my rib cage on both sides.The only relief I get is when I lay on my side for about a hour. I have put on forty or fifty pounds since my surgery all because I can no longer stand the pain of a lot of movement. I wish I had never had it. If you have a choice please don’t do it. I was told less recovery time and I am still in pain. Not worth it!

    Posted on May 7, 2013 at 12:18 am

  • Marcie says:

    I had a Da Vinci hysterectomy in August 2011. I had nothing but problems following my surgery. Test after test doctor after doctor they found nothing. Fianaly I met the most wonderful doctors in the world who told me I was suffering from mesh erosion. They also found the mesh was pulled too tight. We are now working toward removing all mesh. Thank you to Doctor at UCLA. You are an Angle of Hope to so many women!

    Posted on May 16, 2013 at 9:05 pm

  • Cindy says:

    I had an MRI done n thy found a large tumor on rite side,then was referred to gyn to have looked at n set up surgery,was told a good candidate for robot surgery was all bout how good it was,was scheduled to have surgery on 4/17/13,but was in s much pain want to er on 4/10/13 to have,was told had to wait for robot o be available,so was in there till 4/12/13 then had surgery,when I woke up I was in so much pain,I asked nurse if I had a catheter in was told yes, I said take it out not in rite,felt like my insides had been burnt,was discharged4/13/13 ,got home started to have pain in lower rite back side,called dr office n was told to take a laxative,didn\’t help so call dr n was told to go to lab then meet at office,to much pain on4/16/13 went to er,had ct done found out that had thermal heat damage to urter,severed it,kidney was not draining,had to have stent put in,n then found an abscess in lower rite abd,got bacteria in blood,was discharged on4/27/13 with a power pic line in left arm for home I.V antib that I had to learn how to give my self,this is not rite,I feel for all of you n hope we can get to bottom of these uninformed surgerys

    Posted on May 19, 2013 at 3:20 am

  • Cherie says:

    I also am having shooting pain under the rib cage right next to the upper scar. I had my sugary in August 2010. I have gone to the Emergency room twice because of the pain. Battery of scans and blood work. They say there is nothing wrong with me. “Phantom Pain”.
    I hope we can figure this out and stop this from happening to other people.

    Posted on May 22, 2013 at 9:30 pm

  • Shannon says:

    I had a complete hysterectomy via Da Vinci Robot back in November 2012. Ever since the surgery the pain in my lower right abdomen has never went away. I just underwent another major surgery in April of 2013 to have my appendix and gallbladder removed (this surgery was not via ROBOT!!!!). I do believe that having my hysterectomy via Da Vinci is what caused my appendicitis and gallbladder to stop functioning.

    Posted on May 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm

  • Deborah says:

    I thought I was going crazy. I googled to see if other women were having similar pains to the ones that I’ve been experiencing after a partial hysterectomy using Robotic surgery and came across this page.I had Davinci for myomectomy/partial hysterectomy in 2009 and 2010 to remove pounds of fibroids. The excruciating pain I still suffer since these two surgeries are unexplainable. I mentioned it to my OBGYN surgeon and he said it could be exposed scar and I would have to have another surgery to check it. I freaked out. I had already had two of the same surgeries so I mentioned it to my Primary Physician and he sent me for an MRI. Nothing was found on the MRI so I have resolved myself to suffering this pain for the rest of my life. I can’t exercise anymore, I get tired when I lift anything, the pain is on my right abdomen and spreads to my side and back. Will I have to live with this pain forever or is there treatment for this pain which started after I had the DaVinci surgeries.

    Posted on May 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm

  • karen says:

    I under went a hysterectomy 2 years ago…..it was done at one of the hospitals in northwest Oregon……. unfortunately where I went…..seems like all the hospitals are related some how……and no one believes something went wrong……I made the unfortunate decision to do the surgery with out doing any research……and no one was there when I woke up. But I remember a student Dr. Came in told me they had accidentally burned my bowl…..but that I should be okay. Still today this day I experience extreme nausea, all of the incision marks swell up like mosquito bites and get extremely warm……I have even had the marks appear and within an hour little red bumps (like hives) appear and follow my veins up…….I have pictures of it. The Dr took everything but the cervix……I didn’t get recommended hormones, I asked for them…..I was also told by nurses(not with the hospital) that they mangled my stomach……for a “less invasive surgery” But I can’t find a Dr that will tell me anything that might be related. So therefore I have been unable to get a diagnosis for any type of help……I was just curious if any one else had one done anywhere up in the Oregon area……I am in serious need of getting some kind of help to make this right =-(

    Posted on June 11, 2013 at 2:05 am

  • angela says:

    i had a full hysterectomy it will b a year in aug a month after i had to b rushed to hospital almost bled to death. i fill like i have a baby under ribs both hips legs hurt pain cant walk at times. i still have pain it makes me cry. headaches so depressed over $ 80.000 n bills only thing good about it no more periods. id regret it so bad chest hurts

    Posted on June 16, 2013 at 7:14 am

  • Mika says:

    I had Da Vinci partial hysterectomy in 2012. I have recently been going to the doctor to see why I keep having horrible stomach pains. I have had CT, ultra sounds, blood work done and to no avail, the doctors keep stating everything in normal. I know this is not normal! I have to make sure there is a bathroom close. My doctor stated perhaps it is something I am eating. I informed my doctor that the pain is getting worse by the day. This is ridiculous. If I new I would be in this much pain after the surgery, I would never have had it.

    Posted on June 16, 2013 at 7:09 pm

  • Chris says:

    I had a robotic hysterectomy in 2010 and 12 hours after procedure my kidneys shut down and I became extremely ill. After several tests and procedures a week later my surgeon finally took me back into surgery to find the issue. It was discovered that my small intestine had been perforated and I was septic. I spent 8 days on life support and 14 days in ICU clinging to life. My surgeon told me several times she wasn’t sure I was going to make it. I had 6 inches of my small intestine removed. In addition. I have had several other surgeries due to hernia and bowel obstructions. My life has changed incredibly since the surgery. I was on medical leave for 1 year. I tell everyone not to go with robotic surgery. If I had known I had options I would have made a different decisions, but my surgeon presented only this option to me.

    Posted on June 22, 2013 at 12:27 am

  • Bejah says:

    One individual remarked about the possibility that any surgically implanted mesh to address problems with prolapse could very likely be the reason for many if not most of the symptoms mentioned. That does not mean there are not also probable issues with the robotic devices as well. These issues are very complex and it is critical that you all remember a couple of key things. The first is that you should assume that the manufacturers/defendants pay people to scan these websites to read your comments when preparing their defense. Secondly, you probably should not trust any medical professional who was at all involved with any diagnosis or surgery related to this problem. Most of you should probably seek the advice of a competent attorney. Lawfirms work with physicians they can trust to conduct medical exams that will result in the truths you are dealing with. The AMA will not help you. They represent physicians. Be very careful who you trust and do not talk to much to anyone who is not with your legal team. This business can get very ugly and very psychologically painful. The defendents will do anything to discredit you. Organizations worth $300 Billion dollars do not want the bad press you may cause them and the better your attorneys are the better your chances of justice. Unfortunately it is not just about right and wrong. It is about the best representation and the strength of the merits of the case. Think with your head and not with your heart. Try to keep emotion out of it because it weakens you. It is time to be strong, be your own advocate and instead of whining (sorry about this, I am in pain too) research. You must be a warrior, not the wailing wounded.

    Posted on June 23, 2013 at 5:35 pm

  • Angela says:

    I just had a hysterectomy with the davinci robot because of a massive fibroid. My surgery was June 12th. I had to stay in the hospital for 5 days because I was bleeding internally and had to get blood transfusions. Then after being home a week and a half I started bleeding externally. We are still in the process of trying to get that to stop and if it doesn’t it will be back to surgery. I’m kinda wondering if I should get a second opinion or if this sorta thing happens all the time.

    Posted on June 28, 2013 at 6:53 pm

  • Anna says:

    Im so glad I found this pageI! I had my devinci surgery for a hyserectomy done sept 2012.I started having pain in my right calf two weeks after my doc said its probley from my lower back to have my reg md check it.Ok well the pain has now traveled,my low back hurts my right hip and side of my leg hurts and burns my right side of my stomach hurts now the pain is going into my groin area on the right side and im starting to have pian in my left side! I havent been able to have a bm without taking somthing and im leaking urin and my stomach swells up so bad i look pregnant! I have had a mri on my back nothing wrong no sprise there!Im so tired of being in pain!Seems like the doctors dont beleive me that all this started after the surgery.Please help !!!

    Posted on July 18, 2013 at 11:42 pm

  • Shannon says:

    I had a da vinchi partial hysterectomy last October. I have not been right since….within two months I had to be taken to the er after I layed at home in bed with my five year old for two days. They told me I had diverticulitis….WOW…In my intestine and bladder….I never had issues with bathroom before or diverticulitis. Funny I have a pocket in my bladder too…which I was told after da vinchi that my uterus and bladder were connected by scar tissue. I have had major spells of Overheating…Not hot flashes….pain in my abdomen all the time…the past fiew weeks pain in my legs. I have heart palipations, cannot laugh or sneeze without peeing. My hands and arms tingle a lot and fall asleep. I have to urinate often. weight gain, kidney pain, etc. I am fighting depression now because I cannot be active like I always have been and I feel horrible!!!!!!. …We are all damaged by this and they are pursuing a case against the manufacturer of the robot.

    Posted on July 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm

  • Sherie says:

    2 1/2 years later….total hysterectomy with da vinci robotic. I still have excrutiating left hip pain that radiates down my leg, in groin. I have tried excercise, chiopractor, theropeutic massage, pain meds, and nothing helps. I walk with a limp most of the time…..and never sleep. I was active and happy before, now after 2 yrs. getting kinda grumpy and always tired. SOMEBODY MUST DO SOMETHING about this. I don’t believe in frivolous lawsuits but after this amount of time I am ready to sue someone.. This is interfering with my daily life and relationships!!! This pain is miserable!

    Posted on August 3, 2013 at 11:40 am

  • Beth says:

    I had a supracervical Da Vinci hysterectomy in October 2010 which means they only removed my uterus. I have been doing wonderfully all this time and then 2 weeks ago I started spotting and feeling crampy in my lower abdomen area. Now I’m having a lot of the symptoms that have been described above. Things just feel wrong. Bladder and bowel issues that I’ve never had before. It doesn’t sound like a CT Scan or MRI can see the causes of any of these problems from what has been written. Has anyone gotten any resolution or solutions to their issues and if so how?

    Posted on August 18, 2013 at 8:48 pm

  • Kay says:

    I had my hysterectomy done by Da Vinci in April 2010. I had sharp pains shooting from my rectum up to my stomach area. This happened when I needed to have a bowel movement. Which is very painful. It stopped so I thought it was normal. It has been 3 years and I still have occasional issues with this. Did not know there where complications until I googled it. Thank you ladies for sharing and I pray you get healed and our voices get heard.

    Posted on August 23, 2013 at 4:39 am

  • rachelle says:

    hi, i have been reading everything al the repleys.i have been going thru the same thing.i had a hestorectomy back in dec.2006.becuz of endometerios,so the doctor cliamed i had but biopies showed no evidince.dr took every thing but the overies. after surgeryi went into massive pian.dr did nothing.after 3 weeks they took my pian pills away witch was really mest up cuz of the horrific pian i was in and i wasnt even done healing yet it had only been 3 weeks instead they put my overies to sleep.when they did that i started getting pian everywhere,down my legs,in my feet ,back,head my adominal area hurt so bad i didnt think i was going to live thru it.also started having pian spots all over.my primary started running mirs and blood test and other tests.most of them came out normal .some came out as herniade disks witch he sent me to get injections and pysical theripy injection did not help.pt did this thing called traction witch did help .it now come and gos.for the leg pian.my pia in other areas he sent me to ever specalist except a neroligist and chronic pian dr. i was diagnos with fibromalja depression and debilitating axitty,chronic migrians.they put me on antidepressants and flexeral and told me to deal with it.in 2008 i went into horrific pian in pelvic area i felt like my bone were stabbing me and felt like i had bladder infection test showed no infection.i went back to my obygn thinking mabe there was something wrong with the clip or somthing.she siad my overies was casing the pian i ageed to have them taken out cuz i couldnt stand the pian anymore.they went dec 18 2008 and took my overyies out.after surgery she did even come and see me.when i went to the follow up app. she siad it was a mess in side she did what she could do and i would never get rid of the endrometriosis, it was everywhare.and to deal with it.at that time i didnt know i could get my records.i found out from anurse that i could a few months ago.i started gathering all record and reading them cuz to figure out why im in so much pian.by reading them i found out alot of stuff that the drs didnt tell me.such as 2006 there were cysts only few. byopsi show noevidince of endrometeiosis.few adheshion on bladder so i probley did even need a hestorectomy,it was probly somthing else casing my pian.2008 surgery showed that there were falicles cysts, nodules and fibriods ,and adhesions everywhere also my colon was atatched to my pelvic wall, and my intestines were bond together.biopsy siad no evidence of endrmetrosis.drs still cliam i have it tho.i dont understand.today im still going thru horrific pian.they now say it fibromalja and chronic pian and cuz they wont put me on pian med .they only give me antidepessant witch im hypersinstive to and dont help.im left in missory and mentily mest up cuz my mind and body cant handle any more dr just aggnore me now. my suggestion is make sure u all get your records and read them carefully. and pik drs out carefully.it has been 7 8 years now and i have only gotten worse. and god bless u all i will pray for u all .i know what your going thru

    Posted on August 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm

  • Stephanie says:

    I had a partial hysterectomy about 4yrs ago. I was my drs 12th patient he had performed it on. Ever since the surgery I’ve been in constant pain. The worse is not being able to have a bowl movement. It’s like my insides don’t work anymore. My kids are little and I can’t do things with then like I’d like because I’m always fatigued due to carrying so much added weight due to not going to the bathroom. I’ve always been full of energy but now I just want to rest. I can’t sleep but yet I’m always tired. Hope I can find a dr. Who can fix the problem.

    Posted on September 1, 2013 at 11:56 pm

  • John says:

    I had a complete radical prostatectomy in October 2011 at DHMC under the care of an excelleten Urologisst and surgeon, Dr. John Seigne. He used the DaVinci system to remove my prostate gland. I highly recomment the system. No side effects whatsoever.

    Posted on September 17, 2013 at 4:08 pm

  • ruthie says:

    OMG!!! this is so scary, I had a partial hysterectomy June 16,2012 and still having pain in my left lower abdominal, mainly when I urinate, went to family Dr. he did a urine test, which showed blood in my urine, was adviced to see my obgyn that did my surgery she also found a small amount of blood,she then put me on an antibiotic which didn’t help, also ordered a ultra sound, it showed there were cyst on my ovaries, mind you she ordered a 2nd one and all of a sudden comes back there’s nothing!!!!! I don’t get it… I wish all of you ladies the best…..

    Posted on September 18, 2013 at 3:43 am

  • Criseida says:

    I had a hysterectomy with the famous De Vinci robot! Oh how I regret this with all my heart. My surgery was march 5,2013 and I had 5 holes! I went to my Obgyn many times with vaginal bleeding and right sided pain and was told every time that I had to give my body time to heal from these surgery. On August 30 I went into the emergency room with severe right sided pain and had to have surgery later that day because I had a abscess on my right ovary and a fistula running from my right ovary to my vagina! I am in so much pain and every test they do and all the blood work comes out fine. I’m not fine at all. I’m in constant pain, peeing drains the life out of me and I’m becoming extremely depressed because I’m not the same person because these pain I live in.

    Posted on September 25, 2013 at 8:50 pm

  • Javaan says:

    I had a Davinci Robotic Myomectomy in Dec. 2012. I now have the worse pains in the world in my abdominal area. The doctor tried to say it’s because I have fibromyalgia but how strange is it that I never suffered severe pain and illness a week prior to my cycle and my cycle has become very STRONG and PAINFUL since my surgery. My body feels like it is on fire (like internal combustion is happening) and none of this until after I had my surgery. I had an infection for a long time after surgery and the Dr. (of course covering themselves again) stated it was only external but only after doing blood work after treating the infection. I could not use the restroom at the hospital and could barely walk. The nurse had to go in and empty my bladder for me because I sat on the toilet fighting to urinate for over 20 minutes and the nurse said the doctor said it was the anesthesia so everything was fine and not to empty my bladder. The nurse said she could not medically wait any longer and emptied my bladder which was full to the max. Later it took me 45 minutes to urinate and they rushed me out of the hospital even though I was not doing well. They did not wait until I had a stool or anything. After I finally had a stool 4 weeks later I thought I would die. I was sweating and again felt like my body was on fire from the inside out. I was told there is no way to find out if there were any complications from the surgery but this is going to cost me my job. I have to be off a week prior to my surgery or I go in and can barely function. And then I am out the first day or two of my cycle. My boss said that I really needed to get checked because she has never seen me like this during a cycle until after my surgery. HELP… Anyone know if there is a way to find out if the Dr. messed my insides up during this surgery. I know my OBGYN stated there is no way….Only exploratory surgery. ANYONE KNOW HOW I CAN FIND OUT WHAT IS WRONG IN THERE AFTER HAVING THIS PROCEDURE???

    Posted on October 1, 2013 at 9:30 am

  • Nita says:

    I had a total hysterectomy july 2012, still have very bad abdominal pain, and no answers. was in the hospital for three weeks because a got e-coli in my right lung from this robot.The surgen said nothing to me, she didn’t even see me as I was fighting for my life. It’s now Oct. and still have trouble going to the bathroom,trouble sleeping,and the pain is keeping me from work.and the worst is they are still usesing it on people.And I trouble breathing now because of it. Have no Idea what the long term effects from the e-coli might be?

    Posted on October 1, 2013 at 7:51 pm

  • Sherry says:

    I had a total hysterectomy on Sept.30, 2013 (only 5 weeks ago) and I have experienced alot of the same symptoms as some of these Ladies. I had alot of fibroids and was bleeding heavy for years in which I was anemic and my gynecologist recommended a total hysterectomy leaving the ovaries intact. I myself have noticed that I cannot control my bladder and if I cough or sneeze my urine pours and I wear a regular pad to keep me dry. I am still spotting ever since I had the surgery and on the 15th of this month I was awaken from my sleep (after finally dosing off around 3:00am) and felt as if I was soaking in my underwear.I made it to the bathroom and noticed bright red blood pouring and it ran all down my legs and large blood clots were in my underwear. I had a thin pad on and my husband had to get me a pack of thick overnight pads as my bleeding was heavy all day. Now back to spotting and cannot go without a pad.I thought the hysterectomy would alleviate bleeding but still bleeding even though not pouring as earlier but still need pads. I too wake up soaking wet from sweat,my hair like I just got out of the shower. My stomach on right side burns on the inside as if on fire and under my navel too. My left side burns too but not as much as the right. I use stool softeners and never used them before the hysterectomy. I go back to see my Doctor in November for a pelvic exam (not pap) and I am wandering if I will need surgery too and I have no insurance now and I am scared. Also I noticed on both of my sides lower part of abdomen is dented in . I understand some of the organs and tissue are no longer there to support that area and it looks really ugly. I am trying to keep from taking narcotics for pain as I don’t want to get hooked on medications as I already take high blood pressure medication and a diuretic for swelling and hate to take medicines but if the pain persist I cannot bear it but so long before I gotta get some relief. After reading from alot of the comments I see I am not alone and definitely it is not in my head. God Bless all of you!!!

    Posted on October 30, 2013 at 9:50 pm

  • Anne says:

    I had a anterior and posterior vaginal repair one week ago, i have been very constipated and felt like i had broken stitches after trying to go to the toilet,i rang my hospital and they advised me to go in and get it looked out. I did go and the Dr there did an internal with a plastic speculum, it hurt and i had to tell him to stop.Im now concerned with what he done as everything ive read has said that nothing is to go into the vagina for at least six weeks.He assured me stitches are intact.Will what he done with checking my stitches hurt my recovery.i am so worried,does anyone have any feed back as to how i can make sure everythings ok,im sick of worrying.

    Posted on November 8, 2013 at 8:19 am

  • Ryan says:

    Hi , recently i had just gotten back on good terms with my mother and she informed me she was having a hysterectomy due to ovarian cancer and that she was having state of the art surgery using a robot. I was worried but thought nothing of the routine surgery. She went in on the 9th of march this year to have the procedure done and everything was ok. I calledher the day after( me being in california her in denver) she seemed happy as a clam but I figured that was the pain meds talking. A few days later I called back to check on her she seemed groggy and disoriented I told her to go to sleep and get rest I would call the next day. Being busy at work I didnt get a chance to call her but instead got a message on fb stating my mom was back in the hospital and I needed to call the doctor immediately. When I got on the phone the news was grimm. I had to approve a life saving surgery to remove a handfull of blood clots or else she would die.. I approved and waited unnervingly by the phone when I got the call that she had died on the table due to sepsis and blood clotting. I wish you all the best of luck in your compensation for the pain this surgery has caused you guys and will be pursuing my own compensation even though no amount of money can fix the pain that this device has caused me. RIP. Fly high and smile upon me mom ill see you when I get there.

    Posted on November 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm

  • Heather says:

    I had a robotic hysterectomy 3 weeks ago was fine for the last 2 weeks then i broke out with skin irritation around my little slits and i gained 32 pounds in 3 to 4 and my blood presure went from a normal 120 to 165 all with in 4 days my stomic is rock hard and huge i cant fit in any of my cloths that i could fit into purfectly a few days ago. i went in and the said oh nothing is wrong i beg to differ i know my body and i know before this surgery i didnt have extreamly high blood presure and i wasnt gaing 32 lbs in 3 to 4 days. the bottom of my tummy hurts so bad and breathing and soing things is way hard because of my stomiac looking like and feeling like a 8 month prego lady what do i do.

    Posted on November 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm

  • natasha says:

    I have been having all of these problems as well. Robot Partial Hysto Dec 2012. Just found out that I have a fractured sacrum. Racked my brain about how this was possible as I have not had any type of recent trauma that I can remember. Looked up the da Vinci surgery and I am shocked that all of these other problems I have been having is probably attributed to be the Da Vinci as well!! If you have back pain, numbness in legs trouble walkins and pain in abdominal and pelvic region, and;or anus get an MRI and check for sacrum fracture!! I am in shock!! I cant seem to digest anything anymore and its only getting worse!!! Pop up rashes, numb AND burning thighs! God I hope some finds some way to get us relief soon!!

    Posted on November 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm

  • Natalie says:

    Had davinci hysterectomy 10/2013. When I came out of surgery and in recovery I had severe left lower back and left hip pain that traveled down to left thigh. 10 weeks later pain has been so severe in back and hip that I had to go to hospital for a surgical epidural steroid injection in my L4-5 discs. Some relief but can still feel the hip and leg pain. Getting the run around from my obgyn too. I pray this doesn’t continue as I’m reading what has happened to the rest of you on here. It’s so unfair…we put our trust in these doctors to do the right thing and help us. My doc really pushed me to have the davinci instead of normal laparoscopic.

    Posted on January 4, 2014 at 10:27 am

  • Deena says:

    I had a total hysterectomy by Da Vinci, Aug 2012. I still have what we think is nerve pain. It is a little less now than it was, but like was previously said, it is depressing to have that nagging pain in my lower pelvic area. I have had numerous visits with my gyn. I have had a CAT scan done and they found nothing. Finally, the DR put me on Gabapentin. It has helped with the pain, but I started feeling really dizzy and light headed, so I have had to cut way back on the dosage even though I still have pain. The only answer my Dr. had was to go back in with a scope and “look around”! The first surgery was so expensive, there’s no way I’m going to go back in and take a chance on coming out in more pain. I too, have a limp sometimes. It feels kind of like someone poking me with a sharp object, especially if I stretch my leg on that side. I’m not one to jump into a lawsuit, but if I have to have another surgery, I certainly don’t want to pay for it.

    Posted on January 11, 2014 at 11:05 pm

  • Jennifer says:

    I’m so worried because my daughter who is only 4 years oldhas severe hydronephrosis. She hhis a blockage of scar tissue on her left kidney she already lost 20% function of that kidney. They scheduled her for a laproscopic robotic procedure for the end of Feb. I am going crazy have been trying to sty strong for my daughter but I’m really scared and after reading the terrible experience from so many people it makes me more scared. I know my daughter needs the surgery but its scary to not know 100 percent that everything will be OK with the surgery and anethsia. And the ftermth of it all.

    Posted on January 11, 2014 at 11:18 pm

  • Diane says:

    I had davinci hysterectomy 10/2013 and three months later I still feel terrible. My left side has severe nerve pain and I am very tied and depressed all lthe time. Going to my doctor to see again what is wrong. She is a very experienced davinci robotic surgeons. I will let all of you know what she says.

    Posted on January 15, 2014 at 6:36 pm

  • Janet says:

    @Jennifer….you have the CHOICE of the doctors using this procedure…..my choice would be NO WAY make them do it some other way….They can not force you to allow the Da Vinci robotic surgery….keep your daughter safe…just my opinion!

    Posted on January 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm

  • Jodi says:

    I had a partial da vinci hysterctomy on Nov 22 2013. I also experience pain on left side and CONSTIPATION! I’ve always had bowel issues but since the surgery I to experience the need to be by a BATHROOM on many occasions. I have not experienced any problems urinating. After surgery I was always asked if any bleeding from the vagina and my answer was always NO, as I had none. I did everything my doctors instructed me to do- no heavy lifting,no baths, no intercourse until after 6 weeks. MY two week check up I felt great and my doctor told me my incisions were healing fine. I went back for my 6 week check up in which she performed an internal and I was told everything is healing fine and all restrictions were lifted. She however informed me that the first couple times of having intercourse with my husband it may hurt. I informed my doctor that my husband was working out of town and would not be home until the end of January which entitled me a few more weeks of healing. My husband surprised me and came home recently( allowing an additional 2 full weeks of recovering) and during intercourse he felt a pop inside- I felt pain and yes this time I was bleeding. So what is up with that? Has anyone else experienced that?

    Posted on January 19, 2014 at 10:58 am

  • Darla says:

    I had a DaVinci Hysterectomy October 2012. I have had a burning sensation in my abdomen right at my navel area. I went to my regular Dr and was treated for an ulcer. To no avail , the burning sensation is still there. Everything is working normally. So, I guess my next step will be going to my OB/GYN . Anyone else have this experience ?

    Posted on February 13, 2014 at 10:53 am

  • Crystal says:

    I have had a very difficult time with my full hysterectomy. I am 32 now. I was 31 when I received my first surgery. In June of last year I had a full hysterectomy. Taken robotic assisted laparoscopic. I had pain until about 6 weeks. Mainly in abdomen on my right side. I had intercourse at 7 1/2 week out. I ended up with a tvaginal cuff tear. Putting back into surgery. Following that surgery I was in a lot of pain for about 5 weeks. Still major pain on my right side. Test came back nothing. At 5 1/2 months post op from cuff tear, it tears agin. What is going on will I never have a normal sex life? I am only 32. I am 3 weeks out now and in more pain than the prior two surgeries.HELP!!

    Posted on February 14, 2014 at 8:13 pm

  • barbara says:

    I had a complete hysterectomy with the davinci robot and I am in more pain than ever…Has anyone found any relief? it has been almost a year and many different treatments by several doctors with no relief. the doctor that did the surgery told me my body just needed to heal.. Is there anyone out there that can help me find some help for this??

    Posted on February 16, 2014 at 3:09 pm

  • barb says:

    I had a complete hysterectomy in 4-2013 with the davinci robot and I been in extreme pain ever since, although the pain is widespread,including crippling headaches, the epicenter is my pelvic area, I can barely stand upright most days. At my post op check up, the doc told me I just needed time to heal, it has now been almost a year and the pain is never ending. My family doc has sent me to a uroligist, rheumotologists and for several xrays, catscans and bloodwork, nothing found. I am going to a new gyn tomm, I hope she can help me. Had I known this would be the result, I never would have had the surgery.

    Posted on February 24, 2014 at 12:44 pm

  • Cathleen says:

    I had Kidney cancer and The Da Vinci Robot took the kidney out. And after I had it done 4 days later I went home and ended up going back a couple days later with pnemonia. I have a buldge where one of the small insisions are and it burns there and the big one burns too. I can’t sleep on my left side cause it feels like there is something burning inside. I’ve had the buldge an d I asked two Dr.s if I have a hernia and they say no. So why is it there all the time. I had my surgery December 3rd 2013.

    Posted on March 17, 2014 at 12:47 pm

  • Kimberley says:

    My 12 yr old daughter ( 14 yrs old now) had the di vinci surgery to remove 3 cysts from her ovaries 2 small ones and 1 super large one, the size of a small football. My daughter went in at 8am and didnt come out til 1pm in the afternoon, the doctor came out during the surgery to tell me that its going to take longer to get the cyst out, 2 hours later it was over she went into recovery but day surgery had to close so we went to the woman health tower in our hospital she her to kinda recover. After the surgery she had 2 monthly’s in November & Dec 2012, October 2012 she had the surgery and one in July 2013 and nothing since, she is in constant pain, and the only thing that the obgyn wanted to do is give her painkillers and birth control, bc is not an option. She bloated all the time. I asked the doctor for picture and video of her surgery and I was told that he didnt do it, which he was suppose too. I hate seeing my daughter in pain and her doctors dont understand whats going on.

    Posted on March 31, 2014 at 10:11 am

  • Lisa says:

    I had a total hysterectomy on Dec 28, 2009 I was considered a high risk case before my surgery due to blood clots and other health issues. After my surgery in the recovery room I was complaining of severe back pain. They took me to my room and I was screamimg in pain. The nurse rolled me over and my back was dark on both sides. My kidneys had been burned in half due to the DaVinci. I went back In to surgery and had stints put in. I was sent home a week later and noticed urine leaking where I was changing a pad every 10 min. Went to my urologist and found that the ureters were both severed. Had ureter surgery. I have had 15 surgeries after due to infections and rejecting the stints. I still strait cath. I also had the lower back pain and numbness in my feet and hands. I then had back surgery due to a hole in L3-4. I have 2 titanium rods 6 screws and a bridge in my spine. I also got doube lobe pneumonia and
    shingles while in the hospital. I had 6 units of blood due to the blood loss and got a infection in my abdomen. I had to have a pic line and was sent home with IV therapy. The pain was so bad I did go to physical therapy and pain management. I am still dealing with complications. I have severe abdominal pain on the right side uner my chest. I have put on 80 pounds in 6 months and swelling in my hands and feet. I have insomnia for the past 5 plus years. I have seen a Internal medicine dr, gastroenterologist, 2 new obgyn dr 20 plus CT with dye , ultrasounds many trips to the ER. I have been admitted to the hospital on numerous occasions for abdominal pain and severe diarrhea. Results are unknown origin. I have been diagnosed with MS, IBS, Celiac disease, Fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, nerve damage, renal kidney failure and anything else they can try to come up with. My life has changed Iam missing out on my childrens life and family activities do to this. It not only affects you but your whole family as well. I am constantly on a new medication that causes other symptoms like migraines etc. I can’t get out of bed somedays. When I am up for 20 min or more my abdomen becomes swollen and hard looking like I’m 10 months pregnant at 50. I get heavy legs and trouble breathing. I didn’t realize their are so many of us with the same problems and symptoms with NO answers. I am now going through the colonoscopy and ENG phase. I am on my second urologist. We need help now. I am trying to document as much info I can get from these testomonies and start sending them to doctors who will look over all of our struggles and try to get some help. Don’t give up or give in. Somedays are worse than others but we have to have faith that we can get help even if its one dr. Its a start! My heart goes out to you all!

    Posted on April 4, 2014 at 11:39 pm

  • Audrey says:

    I too had a total hysterectomy by the davinci Robot on 11/15/13 and have been in pain it feels like i am being stabbed in my ovaries. The pain is so bad it makes me feel like i am going to throw up. And i am having trouble regulating my temp. I have had ultra sounds,done physical therapy and had lots of blood work. The doctor that did my surgery told to see my regular doctor. His advice was that i should start taking anti depressents that might help with the pain,I am so confused i am having lots of problems and depression isnt one. That is just what I need more side affects to wade through. I do not have the money to keep traveling to different doctors . I have a 3 and a 5
    year old that are very busy it is soo hard to keep up. I am also a yoga instructor but the pain has gotten in the way of that as well. I do not know what to do now!

    Posted on April 23, 2014 at 11:01 pm

  • Sharon says:

    Reading these posts lets me know I am not alone. When endometrial cancer was diagnosed, they couldn’t wait to push the daVinci on me. IMO I was never a candidate for such invasive surgery due to having RSD, Fibro, Chronic Fatigue etc. Strange but true, the docs and other health care workers acted like they didn’t even know what RSD is. I was never told that I would be 4 hours in a 45 degree position (a huge no-no for someone with RSD) and that I would be filled with gas. After surgery I was screaming in pain because the gas had settled around my ribcage; thought I was having a heart attack. No one bothered to even come see me. Three days after surgery I noticed venous blood coming from the incision above the naval. Called the doc and he said it was “normal” and nothing to worry about unless it didn’t stop. At my 1 week checkup when the surgeon removed one of the stitches that area erupted almost black blood like Mt. Vesuvius. She said I would need the area packed 2x a day with iodoform and that my hubby could do it (he’s an LPN). Talk about 2 weeks of total agony. The area finally healed but the keloid scar there feels like I am being stabbed repeatedly in my stomach. If I eat more than a small amount the food presses on the scar from inside, causing more pain.

    Flash forward almost exactly 1 year later. Sitting and talking to relatives when suddenly the horrible burning pain of RSD engulfed my entire inguinal area and ran down my legs. I was bent over in horrendous pain. The pain stabilized after a while but I still have numerous outbreaks of the horrible burning in that area. Pre-surgery my RSD was mainly confined to my upper body.

    Right after that incident huge lipomas appeared almost overnight in my upper thighs as well as scattered places near my hips. Besides being ugly, some are very painful if they are near any nerves. My pain mgt. doc says I have Dercum’s disease. IMO the surgery triggered this. It took so long to appear because the nerves had to regenerate post surgery and when they did this was the result.

    I’m not done—one and one-half years later I am getting increasing pain mainly in the pelvic floor muscles but also around my waist and hips. Despite the RSD etc. I used to exercise because it made me feel mentally better and was good for my cardio system. Now if I exercise more than 3 minutes I will be in excruciating pain for at least 2 weeks. Cannot walk more than 1/2 mile without terrible inguinal muscle pain. My heating pad is now my best friend. There is more pain-it seems every day brings something new-right now my ribcage is screaming. Someone with a neuro-muscular condition should never have their pelvic (or any) muscles put in such an abnormal position for more than 15 minutes or so. IMO the daVinci position wreaked havoc with my pelvic muscles.

    Oh the bloating! Now I know I am not alone. Blowing up and looking 6 months pregnant. Press down and it is hard as a rock. The few times it deflates my clothes hang on me like I lost 20 lbs.

    I thought that with time things were supposed to get better but this is the worst I have been in my entire life. I cannot imagine living with the pain and the way it has made me unable to exercise or even move normally. A person with RSD should not be considered a candidate for this surgery unless absolutely necessary.

    My cancer was 1/10th of an inch and enclosed within a polyp. For that they cut out all of my reproductive system. OK, so I’m past menopause but have now painfully learned that these female structures they removed support a woman’s entire pelvic area. Have a constant lower backache from Day 1-never had a backache there before. I didn’t know there was a pill that could have been tried first. To me it was killing a fly with a sledgehammer. I cry everyday and wish I had never agreed to this surgery. I wonder if the daVinci was responsible for my ugly hematoma (was a blood vessel nicked? The notes are silent on this and my subsequent hematoma and post op treatment). I have to wonder whether my internal pelvic area had been burned by this device.

    My advice is to 1) be sure that you want a hysterectomy as it will change your life both health wise and quality and 2) research this robot. IMO it is not all it is cracked up to be but surgeons just love to play with their new toy. My life is now daily misery. Please educate yourselves.

    Posted on May 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

  • Karina says:

    I had hysterectomy that took 4 hours as it was enlarged due to fibroids and doctor said she had to dissect it from my bowel. Since I got out of surgery I have had major infection with two rounds of antibiotics and on for weeks (one for which she prescribed for a UTI which I didn’t have according to UA). Well it’s been 13 weeks and I am bleeding slightly daily and never feeling 100%. Yesterday I felt as if I had the flu but still made it through work. Like many single mothers on this website, we cannot afford to have prolonged illnesses due to inept surgeons that want to push us out the door before we are fully healed.

    Posted on May 21, 2014 at 7:26 am

  • Jennifer says:

    I had the robotic surgery seven months ago. Every time I had sexual intercourse, something ruptured and intense pain and bleeding ensued. My doctor just said, “Let it heal,” but it doesn’t. Another doctor told me that is is vaginal cuff erosion and cauterized the area with a scheduled ultrasound.

    Posted on May 25, 2014 at 9:43 am

  • Javaan says:

    I have been on here multiple times since I had my surgery. Now I have progressed with my illness since the surgry. I started off with an infection after surgery. I could not pass a stool while in the hospital or after I left for months. Since then I still have stool issues. Then while in the hospital I could not urinate. They had to catheter me in order for me to urine. I tried on my own for 30 mins and when the nurse spoke with the physician they said no do not catheter. The nurse finally had to. Then it took me another 30 mins sitting on the toilet before I could use it on my own. Since then I still have issues. I went to a urologist and they said there is a little blockage in my urine stream. I was suppose to have an exploratory surgery because since the surgery I have the worst cycles. I feel up the hospital maxi pads. I am sick a week before my cycle. I lose all my energy and the week of I can’t make it to work. The week after fatigue. I have only one good week but I can’t eat. I have had difficulty eating since the surgery because I get full really fast. Now it is at the point where I can not eat at all. I am skinny ass a pea and just drinking water sometimes makes me sick if I drink a gulp. I have been in and out of the hospital. Now the last ER says they believe I have GASTROPARESIS. I get my EGD done on this Friday June 13th. I know all of this is from this robotic surgery because I never had all of these issues before. I have been home weeks now. I am not sure when they are going to make me go on disability which I cannot afford with all of this going on. I just got a promotion and will need to start traveling on August 11th. I pray that this does not affect my job any further. This is affecting my ENTIRE LIFE!!!!

    Posted on June 10, 2014 at 4:32 pm

  • courtney says:

    I had a total hysterectomy done about 9 weeks ago (Di vincci.) Funny I found this page by trying to figure out why I’m still having pain in my right side. Every time I go to the Dr she tells me the cramping is normal but avoids the side pains. Then asks me if I want another script for norco. I’ve seen her 4 times since my surgery. (I did go back to work after only 2 weeks I was feeling great I had some pain but nothing I couldn’t handle.) After that check up I started bleeding not a lot but enough I always had to wear a panty liner. We’ve gone up on the hormones so much so I now have to take birth control because I nothing is helping the hot flashes (I’m only 32). I have to take 2 stool softeners every night and drink 3 cups a coffee every day or I won’t have a bowel movement when before I was an everyday goer. I’m tired all them time I take norco pretty much every night to help me sleep so the pain in my right side won’t wake me up the meds don’t take away the pain but make my brain stupid enough to just make me sleep. 7 weeks after my surgery I ended up in the er. I started bleeding red blood when they did the exam they found a blood clot on the outside of the cuff. After pulling it out and cleaning it up they did a cat to make sure there wasn’t an abscess there was nothing there but told me to see my on the very next day. I’m not sure if I’m making any sense but anyway the Dr keeps telling me I’m doing too much and I have to slow down, which at one point I would have probably agreed to an extent. I went back to work 2 weeks after and worked like a dog to make up hours. But since my second visit with her I slowed down a lot I got scared I would reopen since she told me it was having a problem healing. Anyway back to the er visit they told me that the right side had come apart a bit and i may need to have it re stitched when I went to see my Dr she told me I have to slow down and it’ll heal it’s not that bad. The last time I saw her she told me it was healing but I have an over growth and put some medicine on it. I have to go back again this week and am still in pain on my right side and have cramping from time to time. I’m doing everything I’m supposed to do t get me wrong I slip up every now and then because I’m not thinking about it but it’s hard having kids and working with people all day but can’t do your job either place because you’re on restriction and can’t use your abdomen. Ugh sorry that was all jumbled up, more than likely didn’t make any sense but it feels good to get it off my chest and know I’m not crazy this is really happening.

    Posted on July 8, 2014 at 7:14 am

  • Wini says:

    Reading these posts are bittersweet. While I am thankful I am not alone in this pain journey, it also seems no one is getting answers. I had a partial hysterectomy Nov 15, 2013 and have had a burning pain in my lower abdomen everyday since then. I have gone to many specialists trying to find out the root of the problem, to no avail. I do know I did not have this pain before the surgery. It is effecting my life in such a negative way to a point that I may have to seek disability. I do not know what to do.

    Posted on July 11, 2014 at 1:20 pm

  • chris says:

    I had my prostate cancer remove ed in February 2013, I have had terrible pain in my side since then. It is so bad at times I want to just drive a knife in side of me to sever the nerve or whatever is causing the pain. Been in the hospital several times for the pain. They are now going to be doing another attempt to block the nerve. I will do anything to stop the pain. I’m just short of trying to cut the pain out my self if the pain block doesn’t work for me this time. All I do is take pain pills. I have no life now, no sex , just pain and many nights I wish god would take me in my sleep. I am a 100..percent disabled marine due to several things caused from the Vietnam War. The pain is so bad I don’t know how much longer I can take it. Tomorrow I will have the same thing as before , very painful procedure done at the VA hospital in San Francisco. They also say I need a clinical psychologist to help me cope with the pain. That will not help me . I’m lost if anyone can help me , please please do so before it’s went to far .

    Posted on July 14, 2014 at 10:46 pm

  • John says:

    I had a radical prostectomy just over a year ago and was told that the front of my bladder had to be rebuilt during the surgery because of damage done by the robot . I still have painful bowel movements as well as pain around my rectum when sitting . I also have pain in the area of my bladder when I urinate . Three weeks ago I had a colonoscopy which was very painful and the Dr. said that it was because my bowel was twisted and I am wondering if some kind of mesh could have been used and some how got wrapped around something and is now starting to cause more problems .

    Posted on July 14, 2014 at 11:41 pm

  • courtney says:

    I had a total hysterectomy done about 9 weeks ago (Di vincci.) Funny I found this page by trying to figure out why I’m still having pain in my right side. Every time I go to the Dr she tells me the cramping is normal but avoids the side pains. Then asks me if I want another script for norco. I’ve seen her 4 times since my surgery. (I did go back to work after only 2 weeks I was feeling great I had some pain but nothing I couldn’t handle.) After that check up I started bleeding not a lot but enough I always had to wear a panty liner. We’ve gone up on the hormones so much so I now have to take birth control because I nothing is helping the hot flashes (I’m only 32). I have to take 2 stool softeners every night and drink 3 cups a coffee every day or I won’t have a bowel movement when before I was an everyday goer. I’m tired all them time I take norco pretty much every night to help me sleep so the pain in my right side won’t wake me up the meds don’t take away the pain but make my brain stupid enough to just make me sleep. 7 weeks after my surgery I ended up in the er. I started bleeding red blood when they did the exam they found a blood clot on the outside of the cuff. After pulling it out and cleaning it up they did a cat to make sure there wasn’t an abscess there was nothing there but told me to see my on the very next day. I’m not sure if I’m making any sense but anyway the Dr keeps telling me I’m doing too much and I have to slow down, which at one point I would have probably agreed to an extent. I went back to work 2 weeks after and worked like a dog to make up hours. But since my second visit with her I slowed down a lot I got scared I would reopen since she told me it was having a problem healing. Anyway back to the er visit they told me that the right side had come apart a bit and i may need to have it re stitched when I went to see my Dr she told me I have to slow down and it’ll heal it’s not that bad. The last time I saw her she told me it was healing but I have an over growth and put some medicine on it. I have to go back again this week and am still in pain on my right side and have cramping from time to time. I’m doing everything I’m supposed to do t get me wrong I slip up every now and then because I’m not thinking about it but it’s hard having kids and working with people all day but can’t do your job either place because you’re on restriction and can’t use your abdomen. Ugh sorry that was all jumbled up, more than likely didn’t make any sense but it feels good to get it off my chest and know I’m not crazy this is really happening.

    Posted on July 15, 2014 at 7:33 am

  • Teresa says:

    I had surgery in October 2013 to repair incisional hernia. I came home with a drain which was removed 3 weeks later. In December 2013, I had couple abcesses and drain was reinserted. 2 weeks later I contracted MRSA and had to have surgery again leaving abdominal wound open. My wound cultures for last 2 months have come back positive for endobacteral. I run low grade fever constantly. However, my bloodwork is negative. I do have a burning sensation in wound site. In August, 2014 I will be having mesh removed.

    Posted on July 22, 2014 at 1:33 pm

  • tenika says:

    I just had the da vinci surgery, May, 2014. The side effects were swollen hands, feet, inner thighs and swollen tongue and lips. I never had any allergic reaction before. I mean could something else be wrong? I just had another swollen tongue and could not talk or swollow. Had to get admitted to the icu.

    Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:40 pm

  • Lynne says:

    Gina, I saw your post about having pain a year after having had a hysterectomy. I’ve had the same problem and have found that I had severe adhesions that I’m still battling 20 years later. You should inquire about that, adhesions are very painful and unpredictable. Good luck.

    Posted on July 28, 2014 at 4:38 pm

  • Angela says:

    I just had the Da Vinci Surgery done on July 8, 2014. I was told take it easy. I did, they tell you u can do light housework, that’s it’s good for you to walk around. So I have been, well the past week or so, I have been getting sharp shooting pains in my vaginal and pelvic area. Pains in my sides and at times around the openings that this robotic machine and doctor had went through. At time shooting pains down my leg and of course my sciatica nerve acts up. Called the doctor’s office to reschedule my appointment after the surgery since apparently my doctor has scheduled himself surgery that day. As I’m rrescheduling, I asked to speak to the nurse. She stated that I need to take it easy, I have been doing too much. Just walking around, laying, or even sitting I’m experiencing these pains and waiting patiently as I can to go to my first appointment after my surgery which is this Friday Aug. 1, 2014. I Google to see if maybe I have been doing too much and ran across all these comments and now worried and in fear for more problems due to this surgery. I have too many medical bills as is and have been out of work for a long time prior cause of my issues I was having before this surgery. My husband is trying his best to do what he can to support our family. We have 6 children and we cannot keep affording all they medical bills nor do I or we need more. I’m soon going to be talking to my previous job about going back as soon as the doc releases me now I’m even more nervous then ever with the symptoms I keep having after the surgery. Ugh!!

    Posted on July 28, 2014 at 5:54 pm

  • Chrystal says:

    I just had a full hysterectomy just now a month they also used this procedure and I haven’t had a bowel movement in a month. I’m only 34 I had cervical cancer and continuous problems that why I had it done. I’m experiencing sharp pains in my ribs that won’t go away. Has anyone experience this? And should I be concerned? I also been taking stool softeners nightly to help still nothing I called the doc to see if they would prescribe me something and they told me my insurance wouldn’t cover that.

    Posted on August 20, 2014 at 6:21 am

  • Mechel says:

    I endured the devastating Divici Robotic Hysterectomy 2011 after Yrs of agonizing pain and Severe Cramping. Been run around from Dr to Dr. I had complications from right after surgery and was in surgery for over 4 hrs and in recovery for 4hrs trying to control my severe pain with Morphine,Dalotta & other pains meds with no relief . Iam currently in my 3rd Yr with after affects to severe Chronic Cramping , Severe discharge ,backaches, Nerve pain ,Bloatness , Diahrehaa .IBS,Bowel Problems, Painful Sex and now anciety ,knowing something has went wrong or tore my other organs and infection. I do not recommend anyone getting a hysterectomy with a a machine with arms as know as Robitic Divinci …

    Posted on August 21, 2014 at 5:48 pm

  • jeanne says:

    I also had Da Vinci surgery in 2013 for a lung tumor. When I came to after the surgery, I was on so much pain medication I could hardly think straight. I had so many holes, cuts and tubes in me I inquired as to why this was. My family doctor informed me that the surgery with the robot was unsuccessful due to the location of the tumor? Again,why? The surgeon instructed me the robot would be better for the type of laparoscopic surgery I needed. I was stunned by the sizes of the gash in my back, and all the large drainage tubes. My care in the hospital totally sucked and I ended up having to go to the restroom by myself on the first day out of intensive care, where I then felt a small pop. That was my 1 of 2 metal stitches on the lung popping open. After that, 15 minutes later, here comes the nurse 2:00am, and I informed her that I already went. Needless to say, my lung collapsed and they discharged me saying that I indeed had a collapsed lung and fluid seeping from where stitch popped opened. They told me it did not matter if I was in the hospital or at home, the damage was done. I had 13 pain scale and a scrappy little blond nurse who threatened me every pill with, I am going to throw this away if you don’t quit crying long enough to take this. I now have what I call Fibromyalgia, from what I now know to be permanent nerve damage. No doctor would back me on it. My pain doc just put me on nerve pain med. What made this all so unbelievable for me is the fact of all the lawsuits going on with the Da VINCI ROBOT and I was never informed. Why are they pushing the thing when all it does is mess people up?

    Posted on August 27, 2014 at 10:59 am

  • Bernadette says:

    I had a robotic-assisted total hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy and was told that they had put one stent in side me, but I found out when I was reading the medical report that they put in more then one stent. Doctor failed to tell me that they did not take them out…..I flat line not one but two times went into a comma for a few days, shortly after that my whole body shook & head went side to side. One min after that extubation went from 100 percent down to 60 percent. Anesthesiologist went to go get my boy friend in the waiting room told me that the surgery went well, but that was a lie. At the time when things went down hill for me the Anesthesiologist left me there dying she grab her purse and cell phone and ran and did not look back. She failed to put that in the medical report as well…The doctor that did the surgery had cover up what really happen that day to me. To top it off he said I was his charity case that the reason why he did the surgery. This is just part of the story it get worse that, but for now am going to leave it off from here.

    If a doctor tell you that this surgery will help you in any way don’t believe what they have to say there only thinking about there pocket book. DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE YOU LET SOME ONE TOUCH YOU. BECAUSE IF YOU DON’T YOU WILL REGRET IT BIG TIME…..

    Posted on August 28, 2014 at 7:13 pm

  • Jane says:

    I have a robotic hysterectomy in May. 9 days later admitted to hospital for what I now know was renal colic. CT scan showed a hole in my ureter. I had a stent placed and removed at 6 weeks. Said it was a burn, not a cut. 2nd stent placed and removed 6 weeks later. Now told I have scar tissue in ureter, dialated kidney and need reimplantation surgery, which will probably require a large incision. I am out of sick leave. My daughter’s wedding is in a few weeks and I’m scared I will be in hospital then. I’ve had to pay all these bills for the additional surgeries. I called 3 lawyers and no one will take my case. Has anyone had any success with this? From this site, any site or local attorneys?

    Posted on September 2, 2014 at 3:20 pm

  • Pam says:

    I had a laparoscopic davinci hysterectomy in June of 2014. Surgery took longer than expected due to other issues. This resulted in my cervix and right fallopian tube being removed as well. I was doing well until recently. I am now having left and right side abdominal pain and severe constipation that I think is causing nausea, weakness and overall fatigue. I have not yet seen a doctor because I don’t know what kind of doctor to see. I have been researching and came across this site and many sites where others are experiencing the same issues. It appears that there is great difficulty in finding a cause. This makes me very nervous.

    Posted on September 9, 2014 at 3:51 pm

  • ammie says:

    I had a partial hysterectomy via Davinci in may of 2012. I’m still having a period, and severe pain in the right side of my lower abdomen, I’ve returned to my gyn several times, but he’s only telling me that my surgery went well. I’m also having problems with vaginal oder, a fishy smell, this has changed my life completely.The pain in my abdomen is so excruciating, till I can’t take care of my husband satisfiedly in bed. (Lost) tired of this pain)!

    Posted on September 16, 2014 at 1:33 am

  • Amy says:

    I am considering myself extremely blessed after reading all of these horrific accounts. You are all in my prayers. I had a hysterectomy in Nov of 2009 with the DaVinci robot. I researched it for months prior and found a specialist that had done many of them and was highly respected. I had the surgery on a Tuesday and was back to work on the next Monday. No pain, no side effects and have never regretted it. Was so sick before the surgery due to heavy periods every 15 days, passing out, sleep apnea due to severe blood loss, high blood pressure, vertigo, heart problems and other issues as well. The surgery for me was a God send and after it I had complete relief of all those issues. It totally gave me my life back. It makes me so so sad to read that it has ruined so many other lives. Even though it was great for me I would never recommend it after reading all of these accounts.

    Posted on September 27, 2014 at 6:08 pm

  • sarah says:

    I had my partial hysterectomy 3wks ago because i was in so much pain. My left ovary was left and everything else taken out. But its like my right ovary is still there because im still in pain in that area and also pain almost like its in my bones. My bladder hurts and i always have to go to the bathroom to pee! Even if its not alot i still have to go and often! It constantly feels full and it burns, not when i urinate but my bladder itself burns!! It also hurts to have a bowel movement! I dread having to go because its hurts so bad to and even after i go. I have been having to take stool softeners and laxative since the surgery because i cant go at all without them. I tried to take myself off of them but then i didnt go for 3 days so i began taking the softeners again. Reading all of your issues scares me terribley considering its been even longer since yall have had your procedure. Will i now be stuck with this as well?! I already deal with tumors in my back and horrible lesions in my lower back!

    Posted on October 3, 2014 at 8:42 pm

  • Cindy says:

    Oh my gosh, I’m horrified! I got on line trying to understand why I’ve continued to bleed and suffer extreme lower pelvic pain on my right side, when I came across ALL these alarming and frightening statements from all of you. I too had a complete hysterectomy with Divinci assist robot. I couldn’t stop bleeding and I continued to have bad menstrual type pains for several weeks out to where I had to go to my Gynecologist for a checkup. After being told it was a stitch that didn’t seem to want to heal, she dabbed silver oxide cream and placed me on vaginal estrogen. I continued to bleed and cramp worse. After going again and hearing it was just the stitch, I was beginning to get worried. I didn’t feel good and kept getting weaker to the point it was a struggle to walk around my home. Again, another appointment was made, and as I getting ready, I saw massive blood in the toilet, on my wash cloth, and all over my towel. I knew I was hemorrhaging, so I ran thru the house to call my husband, dripping blood all over the floor. My husband immediately runs me to my doctor’s office where I hemorrhaged severely and had to be transported by ambulance to the hospital for an emergency surgery. Apparently the Divinci knicked an artery, which was located right under the stitch that never wanted to heal. Needless to say, I’m still having pain in my lower right abdomen, right where my ovary used to be. I never feel good any more. I’m weak, tired, limp, lower back pain….can’t do anything like I could before this Divinci surgery. Now, I’m being sent to have a MRI next week. Sounds like a repeat to most of you. Am I to think I’m damaged goods now? Will I ever be myself ever again? Will I ever stop hurting? I still have another 2 weeks of healing and I’m beginning to wonder if I will even be able to make love to my husband…normally?

    Posted on October 16, 2014 at 11:48 pm

  • tanya says:

    I just had my robot hysterectomy on October 13th 2014. I had my uterus and tubes removed and kept my ovaries. Of course I am still in some pain but i do not have bleeding or anything. Discomfort, yes. It took 2 or 3 hours for my surgery and my doc used an antibitotic before i went into surgery and while i was in surgery. I guess my being only 4 days out i will have to wait and see. I pray i dont have any of these issues. I am only 33 years old and am a newly wed.

    Posted on October 17, 2014 at 9:02 pm

  • Bernadette says:

    Hi, There everyone as I sit here and read all the comments that you lady’s right about I’ve been there and still going through the same things your going through till this day. Am very sorry for what your feeling and to let you know your not alone. I’ve gone to so many doctors like you all have and most if not all the the one’s Ive seen are a joke, but my boyfriend has a family member that know the right doctor that can help me at first when my boyfriend told me about his family member telling me about the doctors he know because he work with them I was thinking OMG another joke for a doctor for sure, but I was wrong they have help me more then you think of and am thank full for the help that was giving to me and now more then anything. I have permanent damage for the rest of my life because of what the doctors did to me and there trying to cover up about what happen to me the day of the surgery so now I plan to fight for what they did to me. I got burned just like all you lady’s have and I have no feeling to the right side of my body and am not able to walk right at all. I have pain as well on the right side of my body as well. The doctors try to give me pain medicine more then once, but refuse to become a pill popper head, so I deal with the pain on on own and I have to have another surgery soon to have a device put in side me that will help with the pain more then anything, plus I was told by a very good doctor that am seeing at this time that if I would to take pain medicine that would hurt more me more anything & plus it would damage the rest of my of my organs in the long run. What am trying to tell everyone do your home find a good doctor that will be honest with you and not hurt you again. Get a copy of all your medical records the day of your surgery to fine out what happen to you that day and then take to an attorney that you trust that can help you by giving you some answer for you because you might have a law suit case. And make sure that the doctor did not put any type of mesh device in side you and if they did it will have to come out for sure. Type in Google Mesh Device and am pretty sure you will fine all lot of information that you don’t know about, but that information will help you for sure.

    Posted on October 25, 2014 at 8:21 pm

  • pattty says:

    I am so sorry to see all who are suffering here! I ended up here because I am disabled with an injury caused by a failed surgery and trying desperately to find someone that cares enough to help us crusade to get the medication that our doctors write for us to help with our pain! Pain medication in Florida is just a dream for most! Even with a prescription from a pain specialist! How can that be? For whatever reason it is rarely available any longer!
    All I can think of right now is that there are so many people in pain because of the quacks and devices that are approved for these quacks to use on us which they refer to as medicine! But when they leave us in pain, we are on our own! God help us all!

    Posted on November 10, 2014 at 1:45 am

  • Tracie says:

    I had hysterectomy with the robot and I laid around like they said didn’t do much of anything. Went back to work and started bleeding, but it had stopped by the time i made it to the dr. I have had this chronic pain on the right side of my body since then, the pain get so bad i go to the ER and they now have classified me as a pill junkie. however test after test they can not find out why i am in pain, i gained alot of weight and i have never felt well since having the surgery. My dr. passed away 9 days after my surgery and i have yet to have a steady dr. after that. it hurts to have sex and it makes me so upset 🙁 i feel like i lost me and my life since all i do is go to work and come home and need to rest…

    Posted on November 22, 2014 at 10:13 pm

  • Kathy says:

    Hi everyone i had a robotic Hysterectomy Sept 3,2012 i been in pain since depression from all the pain, i hurt under my right rib, my lower back hurts so bad that i lay awake screaming and crying at night ,also my legs,hips and growing hurts i can barely walk i hurt so bad , i now been told i have bulging disk that i didnt have before the surgery and my SI is messed up i been having to get injections and it dont help the pain, i have bursitis in my left hip also now,, oh lets dont forget i got a bad bacterial infection in my stomach h-pylori that i’ll always test positive for, i got a stomach ulcer from it as well.. oh yeah i have scoliosis now also i had none of this before the surgery all i had was heavy bleeding once a month and the dr told me since there was so much cancer in my family and i had fibroid tumors on my uterus that i needed to have a hysterectomy.. i lost my job of 10 years because of the pain.. i now work a part time job that is killing me to do.. i just want my life back so i can work a take care of my 5 grand babies i have custody of ..i have lost my car it was repoed because i cant work enough to pay the payment and my house is next to go.. i cry because i feel like a failure no.. i went to local lawyer for help but was told as long as they keep me alive they did they job..Really i rather they didnt then i dont wanna live in all this pain anymore..

    Posted on January 2, 2015 at 11:40 am

  • Yolanda says:

    I am having the exact same problem. I had a partial hysterectomy via daVinci. I was in severe pain on my right side after the procedures . Went to ER had CAT scan they found nothing. Daily I’m in constant pain. I’m scheduled for another appointment to have another ultrasound. Something is definitely terrible wrong I don’t believe everyone that has had this procedure just happen to go to ER and are having the exact same symptoms.

    Posted on February 9, 2015 at 11:02 am

  • Lori says:

    Do any of you feel like something is hanging inside the vaginal wall, I went to the bathroom and felt like I had a tampon about to fall out,,,I do not use tampons anymore because I no longer have periods..it was part of my body, something inside my vagina but inside my skin, I am freaking out, have felt a little pressure before but now where it was coming out…Help

    Posted on February 13, 2015 at 12:43 am

  • Cynthia says:

    Here is the thing, (and I had a partial robotic hysterectomy) why, they call it partial is ridiculous. I can say this was the singlular worst decision of my life. I live in California where this crazy machine was invented. I had my surgery in Laguna California. I went in a healthy 45 year old woman with fibroids. I came out more like a 70 year old with major nerve damage and damage to my abdomen and my left leg, etc. I have been to so many doctors. No one has answers, just like you. The doctor that did my surgery, he covers everything up. My medical records are not even accurate. No pain meds the first entire day after surgery. This machine was first developed to use on soldiers to keep them from bleeding until they could get further inland to get help. This machine was never intended to be used the way it is. Intuitive is making money hand over fist. And read your medical record, there might have even been Intuitive Sales Reps at your surgery—oh yes, they come to see your body torn apart. Cheap entertainment? I suppose. I never consented to it. The whole thing with this company and the doctors associated with it is very fishy. They all know it hurts people, yet money is more important, so until consumers speak out, they will continue to use it. It is also used because it is easier on the surgeons, not the patients. Also, the position they put you in while doing surgery can cause nerve damage too. You are not alone, keep trying to find answers. I cannot write the name of the doctor here but wish I could. I know he does several surgeries each week and is hurting numerous women every month. I wish I could stand outside his office with a sign: Stay away from Dr. XXX and his robot. But I cannot I would be sued.

    Posted on February 20, 2015 at 2:59 am

  • Vicki says:

    I’m seeing everyone’s comments and its so sad that a surgery you think is going to make you well turns into a nightmare and changes your life forever. I I had a hysterectomy via Davinci on January 18, 2011 and my life was changed forever as well as my families . I was employed for 27 years at the hospital I had my surgery at and my physician of over 25 years was on staff. The hospital had to pay for this expensive piece of equipment so the DaVinci Robot was promoted nonstop by the hospital and physicians as State of the Art, minimally invasive, less risk of infection etc, etc. So of course I believed I’d have the surgery, recover and resume my life. I was extremely healthy except for uterine fibroids, anemia from bleeding and some mild hypertension. Three days after my hysterectmy I developed a fever and abdominal pain so my physician prescribed an antibiotic. Two days later I ended up in the ER which turned into a post op surgery on January 25, 2011. I had sepsis, a complete bowel obstruction, abscesses all over my abdomen in the site of the hysterectomy and my appendix were removed due to early appendicitis. I was hospitalized for 8 days with a feeding tube. It was horrible and I would have died if I hadn’t had the emergency surgery. . The worst is my doctor tried to make it out that this thing happens sometimes. The surgeon who saved my life said to my husband. I’m sick of cleaning up messes from those D… Robots Long story short I never have recovered and after the second surgery I started to have extreme bowel an bladder issues. I never slept due to these issues. Shortly after I started passing out. I developed autonomic dysfunction which affects all systems in your body and only returned to work for a very short period of time but ended up on LTD The process of disability is so agonizing when you are sick. I lost a career I loved, I have been in and out of the hospital at least 10 times. My immune system was destroyed I now have IBS, severe bladder issues, autonomic dysfunction, acute renal failure, diabetes, MS “which was in a dormit state” but became active due to my immune system being compromised, so now I am on monthly infusions.
    My gallbladder stopped functioning so had to have it removed with another surgery and my stomach doesn’t empty properly as well as extreme pain, weakness and fatigue. The most difficult part is what my family has been through. My daughter who is special needs crys and Is so afraid I am going to die everytime I’m sick. I try very hard to be strong for her as well as my son and husband . When I read what everyone has posted it is so sad that those who developed this piece of equipment and promoted it, do not care how many lives this has effected. The sad part for me is the hospital I worked for and the physician I trusted tried to brush it under the rug and shame on the manufacturer for selling a piece of equipment that has hurt so many! Unfortunately unless you die no one wants to take a case They might think twice if it was them or one of their family members that were experiencing these life altering complications via Da Vinci.

    Posted on March 28, 2015 at 1:40 am

  • misha says:

    yes i feel the same way Gina omg, my surgery was dec 2013, then may 2014 i had hernia repair surgery also, i haven’t been the same since.. ive been thru series of tests as well, even on diff meds & nothing WORKS!! i need to know what r my options now??!!

    Posted on April 6, 2015 at 10:03 pm

  • Jennifer says:

    Last december I had my gallbladder removed with the robot. As soon as I woke up, I knew something was wrong. The pain in my lower abdomen was unbearable. Narcotics had little effect. I just knew that I had been hurt badly. Like so many others, doctors dismissed my complaints. Surgery is painful right? Eventually a CT was ordered, with contrast and dye. It was normal. Now my instincts tell me it’s scar tissue, otherwise known as adhesions. Everything the robot does puts a person at risk for this and it can’t be seen unless you’ve been cut open. After all this time I’m finally having laparoscopy done to check for adhesions. They can become very painful over time and the pain is worse with walking, etc. Soon I’ll know for sure. I hope this helps someone out there. God bless.

    Posted on May 25, 2015 at 10:09 pm

  • Michelle says:

    OMG I empathize with all of you. Over a year ago I had to have emergency hysterectomy and myoectomy and a lot of adhesions and scar tissue repaired. The surgeon stated that the only option I had was the Da Vinci robot. Since then I’ve had excruciating pain in both legs hips and the same pains you’ve described with extreme abdominal pain and cramping. I feel like I still have my female parts and cramping so hard like it’s another period. Yet there’s nothing there since I had the full hysterectomy. I kept calling my surgeon and AFTER I REQUESTED THE OP REPORT, he tells me I need to go to a general surgeon in two weeks so they can do a laparoscopic surgery on me!!!!!!! I was so angry because he could have done my hysterectomy that way but said it wasn’t an option then suddenly wants to pass me off to a general surgeon because he failed to tell me he lacerated me during my surgery and like my daughter said, “mom he knows he messed you up and is trying to get rid of you as fast as possible.” I agree. But after research I’ve done I’ve discovered that particular robot company admitted to defective electrodes and replacement to hospitals yet no hospitals are changing them because then they’d have to admit fault !!!!! I have been on pain meds and ibuprofen and taking supplements to just exist laying in bed with a heating pad 24/7/365 because of this God forsaken pain that no doctor wants to treat or help with or admit that this robot has damaged us for life. I’m praying daily for total restoration of healing and I pray that for you all as well. I guess I missed the deadline to get an attorney to help me. I’m not able to drive except about a mile or so unless I absolutely had to in pain so my daughter who is 17 has to drive me everywhere and I am getting to where I can’t walk anymore. I too have a limp when trying to walk a little bit around my house to keep from getting blood clots in my legs but then I have pain like axes hitting my kidneys and abdominal cramping so badly it’s right back to bed with my heating pad that only minimally helps. I have had pain prior to this surgery but NOTHING like this. I can’t do anything anymore and I used to put out flowers for my son’s Angel Gardens I made him but I can’t even do that anymore and have no help. I pray someone who truly sincerely cares will help us all and God will restore our health in Jesus name.

    Posted on May 30, 2015 at 3:46 pm

  • amanda says:

    I had davinci robot surgery May 1st 2015 and just this week I’ve been noticing a tugging pulling pain in my stomach from gallbladder removal…I’ve been searching for days what it could be because it’s so painful. It feels as if I’ve done non stop situps which I haven’t done in years…i still have not had my followup since surgery because someone related to my surgeon died. Wondering what I can do to figure out if it’s just scar tissue or something else. A friend of mine ended up with an umbilical hernia after surgery. He has mesh though from his type of surgery. I have titanium clamps on the ducts to prevent leakage.

    Posted on June 4, 2015 at 12:16 am

  • carla says:

    I was reading the comments I had breast cancer and had. A hysterectomy date with the robotic. And it was in 2009 and I’m starting to hurt. On my right lower side and I. Thought to see if anyone has had the same symptoms.thjs lain wont go away.it’s horrific.

    Posted on June 17, 2015 at 9:01 pm

  • Kay says:

    I totally do not recommend da vinci machine!!!!!!!

    Posted on July 1, 2015 at 12:34 pm

  • Bernadette says:


    Posted on July 16, 2015 at 11:06 pm

  • Lisbeth says:

    Just wondering if u got ur problem fix, I have the same problem and I had a hysterectomy 8 months ago and I’m having the same problem and I don’t know what to do

    Posted on July 18, 2015 at 5:25 pm

  • Vivian says:

    July 22, 2015 I had a hysterectomy with DaVinci Robot. I have never experienced so much pain in all my life. I have a very high tolerance for pain, so when asked about my pain level, I didn’t know how to answer. But, today, July 25, I can honestly say that on a scale of 1 to 10, that my pain level is definitely a 15. Such intense pain, I never endured when I gave birth to my children. I am just praying that this all is part of the healing process and that I will soon get my strength back. I have never had surgery except for my Breast Cancer Lumpectomy. I am 77 years old and don’t really understand what is going on with this pain. I have resisted taking the pain meds, but, at least then I get some much needed rest. I pray that the previous letters in regard to this DaVinci Robotic are some what overstated. I am a 6 1/2 year Breast Cancer Survivor and then started bleeding and was checked out by OBGYN Doctor. He said the DaVinci was less invasive and everything would heal much faster. It does feel better with heating pad on the area. Much better than the ice. But, don’t know if I should be using either. I am going to do what ever makes me feel better. Thanks for my therapy session. I am not bleeding and no other discharge issues at this point in time. Many folks are praying for me. I had my surgery in Iowa City on Wednesday July 22, home on July 23 and so very itchy on July 23. I was advised to take Benedryl for the itching. Again, thanks for listening. I had this surgery because I was recently diagnosed with Endometrial Cancer. My uterus, falopian tubes, Ovaries, Cervex and lymph nodes were removed. I was told there were 5 holes, because my abdomen area is so small. I knew the cancer had to come out and will know the results when the pathology report comes back. I am thankful that I didn’t read all these letters before my surgery, but then again probably would have been better, at my age of 77, to have quality of life rather than quantity. PS, I still haven’t had a bowel movement either.

    Posted on July 25, 2015 at 5:20 pm

  • Charla says:

    I had a total hysterectomy using the davinci method in March 2012. I was having a lot of pain on my right side after the surgery. They kept telling me it was sciatica. In Sept. 2012, I ended up in the ER still having pain on the right side and redness and swelling in the pelvic area down m leg. I had a blood infection by that time. The guy that did the cat scan said that the infection had been there for quite sometime….so NOT sciatica. It is now Aug. 2015. The right side doesn’t hurt like the infection, but there is still pain. My left hip is not right either. Is it, just getting older…or does it relate back to surgery/infection? I stay active, but sometimes, most of the time, it is so frustrating.

    Posted on August 9, 2015 at 9:46 am

  • paul says:

    On 12/03/2015 a tumor on my right kidney bursted. I was pumped with 3 units of blood and flown to San Jose Regenal Hospital.The following day I was taken to a surgical room were they went threw my growing area to coderize the bleeding. After being taken back yo my room I noticed I wad numb from the waist down. I had surgery 4 days later to remove my kidney and was still numb. I told anyone who would listen when and how it happened and they keep insisting its in my back. It has been 3 months and still numb. I have had 2 spine biopsies, pet scans mri and no closer to getting my feeling back. Never in my life have I had back pain now i always have it , my testicals feel like they are being pulled into my gut 24-7 and I cant make love to my other half cuz I cant feel there. I cant be the only ononononetgiononetgihasO 12/02/2015 a tumor I had on my right kidney ruptured and was hemeriging. They had to coderize the bleeding by going threw my growing area before i could have surgery to remove my kidney. After the coderization and back in my room I noticed I was numb from waist down.4days after I had the surgery and was still numb. The hospital usvtrying to say its in my spine. I know when it happened and its been 3 months and two spine biopsies and still numb. I cant even be a man with my wife, no feeling. Please I NEED ANSWERS happened to

    Posted on March 8, 2016 at 2:33 pm

  • DeAnn says:

    Gina, I am curious to know if you ever found answers. I have been to 18 doctors in 20 months since my surgery, and still no answers. I am beyond frustrated.

    Posted on March 28, 2016 at 1:44 pm

  • Shirley says:

    I had a total hysterectomy by the da Vinci procedure. I am a very active person and ever since the surgery I have been in constant pain . I have undergone numerous tests, weekly visits to the chiropractor with no major results. I have been told by the surgeon that it is probably nerve endings which will take a year to heal. It is been over a year and I continue to have pain in my right leg and abdomen area. It is so embarrassing to constantly be complaining especially since I have never had any issues . I too would like to have my life back.

    Posted on April 10, 2016 at 4:12 pm

  • Tony says:

    I had surgery prostate cancer removed with da Vinci in August 2013 I have a pain in my testicles down my legs I’ve had over 20 injections all over my lower area I’ve been on morphine I’ve been on Vicodin recently they put me on methadone most days I don’t know what’s going on when I’m on the drugs I am looking for help has anyone gotten help for this pain I’m embarrassed to say after sex I’m in excruciating pain for hours looking for help out there someone contact me if they’re having the same issues problems urinating bowel movements

    Posted on June 17, 2016 at 10:53 am

  • Linda says:

    I am crying while reading your post — this is what is happening to me right now – I am only 50 and had my hysterectomy 50 weeks ago. The pain and spasms in my right side is so horrific — can you give me an update so that I can present this to my doctor?

    Posted on July 12, 2016 at 4:10 pm

  • Tonia says:

    Since my total hysterectomy via Davinci in March, I’ve had 5 UTI’s that spread to kidney and hospitalized twice for E-coli in my blood (bacteremia). I’m an ER nurse. I have a urologist, Internal med, and infectious disease doctor on board. I feel like I’m to the point of trying to find a physician to do an exploratory laparotomy to see if there could be a cause of these r/t surgery. My surgeon that did the hysterectomy says it’s unlikely, I have my doubts…… Very concerned

    Posted on August 29, 2016 at 8:00 pm

  • Lynnette says:

    Why is most of our pain under our rib cage and lower right side of our abdomen? Why do we have hernia and send to doctor after doctor? Why do we have body ache all over our body and doctors can not find any thing wrong with us with today technology? Where did the nerve damage come from and the intestinal fluid leaks come from? The headache that never stops. Could it be metal ?

    These doctors are heartless and not trying to heal us.
    Pray !!!!!

    Posted on September 3, 2016 at 10:10 pm

  • Victoria says:

    Had total hysterectomy with Davinci 8 days ago. Constant pain in my lower ribs, feeling like they are bruised/broken.

    Posted on October 21, 2016 at 9:07 am

  • Christine says:

    You are SO right. These doctors are rude and dispassionate. If you have ANY kind of pain they think you are an addict, an anxiety case, or a hypochondriac. I have been in pain since my hysterectomy in late September. I had an MRI yesterday for a vertebral deformity and the strangest thing occured. The MRI started and I got very sudden sharp stabbing pains in the exact spot that my pain has been since the da vinci hysterectomy, the right side below my rib cage and next to my belly button. On a different topic, I went to the ER last year for chest pain and severe heart palpitations. I am on a high dose of synthroid because I had thyroid cancer in 2003 and had to have a complete thyroidectomy. Well the ER doc tells me I have anxiety and should see a psychologist. I told him that I know what anxiety feels like because , yes, I do have an anxiety disorder. But this was different and not anxiety. He sent me home. I continued to have the racing heart for a few months until I collapsed in my living room. Turns out I had AVNRT and needed an ablation!. These doctors disgust me.

    Posted on November 23, 2016 at 12:33 pm

  • Paulette says:

    I wished I had seen this before I had a total laparoscopic right salpingectomy hysterectomy by the da vinca and there was a metal fragments left inside me

    Posted on January 22, 2017 at 5:47 pm

  • Barbara says:

    I just had my 4th surgery for prolapse, hernia and rectocele. I also have had severe abdominal pain on the lower right side and the pain is now worse after having Da Vinci surgery for Sacrocolpopexy. I have a burning in my lower abdomen when I urinate and most of the time I cannot empty my bladder. My life for the past 5 years has been full of constant pain. I so no end to this and I do not want a 5th surgery.

    Posted on July 4, 2017 at 1:21 am

  • Jo ann says:

    Dr. Jeffry Spier used the da Vinci robot to remove my kidney in February 2016. I was having cramps in the area and bloating. He said to do sit-ups. While in recovery I went into afib and chf and he said that he had done his part and left the hospital. Now I am experiencing IBS syndrome. I knew it was beginning to start because of a continual change over time. I have not informed any doctors. I no longer trust any of them. I also have numbness in my left leg. Who knows what those inept people did during surgery.

    Posted on October 1, 2017 at 12:23 pm

  • Christine says:

    I feel for everyone on this panel about the davinc robot. I had a ablation done and bladder sling back in 2010 I been having pain on my left side of my stomach which causes a lot of pain shoots down my left and sometimes right numbness tingling and which prevents me from flatulence and having bowel movement my first obgyn refuse to help me.I am still suffering from it which feels like something is blocking me on the inside if my left side something in there so I had to find another dr to deal with my obgyn dr Had to do a partial hysterectomy . Tells me everything is find then i had a surgery on my bladder prolapsed which was done with the davinc July 2012 my urogynecologist stated to to me after the surgery I was in alot of pain on my left side pelvic area she said it was a stitch to tight she had to go back in the next day to correct it july went to gi they found nothing with colonoscopy upper lower. Now I still have the left side pain difficulty passing gas and terrible bowel movement still til this day numbness and tingling going down my legg weakness irritable depression my bones are fragile my feet keep trying to lock up on me daily to me it feels like there is something my leftside this knot is there but no one knows why with all of the ct scan and xray, m.r.i I been thru no one is nothing just impossible My G.I felt it and omg what is that whuch he felt but no one elses can clueless I left that family physician went to another family dr she took ct scan stating the my sacrum is attack to my hip bone where it shouldn’t be just referred my to physical therapy withoutexplaining how it got like that and how it got like that in the first place. I don’t known what going on but you guys are suffering just like me no answer frim the dr avoiding a serious health problem. I pray we all get and answer frim a caring dr. it just doesn’tmake since to live in pain and suffering and these dr supposedto be here to help save lives I am just not clear to why they won’t correct what been done to us and by the way my first surgery was done with the davinci and my second surgery time of my first surgery was for ablasion which was done with the davinci and second and 3rd I am looking fir answer I probablymakea trip to a neurologist and women’s center who specializes in this area I pray we all get the help we need in jesus name there is definitely somethinggoing on wrong to many people have the same issue God Bless us all we just have to keep Fighting for answer

    Posted on November 29, 2017 at 11:22 pm

  • Christine says:

    I feel for everyone on this panel about the davinc robot. I had a ablation done and bladder sling back in 2010 I been having pain on my left side of my stomach which causes a lot of pain shoots down my left and sometimes right numbness tingling and which prevents me from flatulence and having bowel movement my first obgyn refuse to help me.I am still suffering from it which feels like something is blocking me on the inside if my left side something in there so I had to find another dr to deal with my obgyn dr Had to do a partial hysterectomy . Tells me everything is find then i had a surgery on my bladder prolapsed which was done with the davinc July 2012 my urogynecologist stated to to me after the surgery I was in alot of pain on my left side pelvic area she said it was a stitch to tight she had to go back in the next day to correct it july went to gi they found nothing with colonoscopy upper lower. Now I still have the left side pain difficulty passing gas and terrible bowel movement still til this day numbness and tingling going down my legg weakness irritable depression my bones are fragile my feet keep trying to lock up on me daily to me it feels like there is something my leftside this knot is there but no one knows why with all of the ct scan and xray, m.r.i I been thru no one is nothing just impossible My G.I felt it and omg what is that whuch he felt but no one elses can clueless I left that family physician went to another family dr she took ct scan stating the my sacrum is attack to my hip bone where it shouldn’t be just referred my to physical therapy withoutexplaining how it got like that and how it got like that in the first place. I don’t known what going on but you guys are suffering just like me no answer frim the dr avoiding a serious health problem. I pray we all get and answer frim a caring dr. it just doesn’tmake since to live in pain and suffering and these dr supposedto be here to help save lives I am just not clear to why they won’t correct what been done to us and by the way my first surgery was done with the davinci and my second surgery time of my first surgery was for ablasion which was done with the davinci and second and 3rd I am looking fir answer I probablymakea trip to a neurologist and women’s center who specializes in this area I pray we all get the help we need in jesus name there is definitely somethinggoing on wrong to many people have the same issue God Bless us all we just have to keep Fighting for answer

    Posted on December 4, 2017 at 10:59 pm

  • Rhonda says:

    I had a total robiotic hysterectomy on 01/23.. Im also having pains in right side feel like crack ribs also in my back.. E.R reffered me to a gasteroligist whom couldnt find nothing..on left side of stomache i still havent i lost feeling but catch sharp burning pains.. It hurts when i pee still a throbbin pain but no discharge.. so i feel your pain.. im so tired and work a full time job on my feet all day its hard.. I dont think these doctors no what they doing..

    Posted on June 10, 2019 at 4:25 pm

  • Rhonda says:

    I had robiotic hysterectomy due to numerals large fibroids on 01/23/19.. After surgery i had a blood transfusion, the day i got released i caught an infection was having bad pain when i pee and felt real sick.. I delt with it up to my week post appointment thinkin i was just recovering from surgery..I also had to wear two pads due to discharge with a terrible undesirable smell.. at appointment found out it was infection was put on antibiotics and was given shot on rear end.. and the pain was so bad due to infection.. magically that worked.. pain stopped so did discharge and pain when i pee.. middle of march everything came back but the discharge.. I hurt so bad when i pee like throbbin pain i have to grab my leg.. when im done it stops and it takes all my strength to get up.. I started having bad pain on my right side felt like my ribs were cracked.. couldnt lay on that side.. and in my back..I still dont have no feeling on left side of stomache and every often burning pain shoot there.. I ended up in ER with tests done and was told my gald bladder was contracted and may had to have taken out.. was sunt to gasteroligist whom found nothing by looking at results from ER.. I was so mad cuz They charged my insurance just to tell me that.. didnt do nothing but check my pressure and temp..on top of that i knew what i was going through to hear nothing wrong depressed me.. til this day Im going through this but it happens like every two weeks or so far as pain in my side and back but still have no feeling on side of stomache and have that pain when i pee i just take it and deal with it.. The doctor whom perform surgery was first person i saw and treated me like i was lyin.. So it is hard to know your no longer the same.. And pray god reveal the truth on whats happen.. I wasnt like this before surgery.. and its so hard to work but have to.. I have to pull lift ect.. on my job and its so hard..

    Posted on June 11, 2019 at 5:30 pm

  • Justus says:

    2018 I under went surgery for a hernia repair. They doctor use a da Vinci device. Also used mesh Now I have never damage to my testicle I’m in constant pain. The mesh is also sitting on my blood vessels. The never stops I have been dealing with pain in my lower stomach and testicle. My new surgeon tried to help as much as he can. And the doctor that did the 1st surgery was fired after he did my surgery I don’t know wat to do I’m stuck..

    Posted on July 28, 2019 at 3:10 pm

  • Esther says:

    I had a complete robotichysterectomy nine years ago and I still suffers with depression and stomach swelling and bowl problems I have something for my bowels to move and some times when I do I go in my pants and don’t no I am I stay so depressed some time I just want to die .

    Posted on August 27, 2019 at 5:30 pm

  • Michael says:

    Two days out. I wish I had do I d this prior to surgery. I called the surgeon’s office about pain at NY left festival. I had a bilateral hernia which was treated with a double da vinci operation using two types of mesh. I also, for the first time in my life, can feel food going thru my intestines. Anything more than soup or water hurts. The lady at The doctor’s office kept call I g it nausea. I kept telling her it is not. IT IS A PAIN.She told me to take the opioids the doctor prescribed. I told her that if this is normal and will go away in a day or 2 I will suffer thru it. She then told me she will get a hold of the doctor and see what he says.
    I sure am praying for all of you.
    Hoping that from back in 2011 when these statements start, that they got whatever problem they had fixed.
    My doctor advised of some of your listed side effects, puffy eyes and so due to inversion durring surgery, but stated they were all temporary and would go away.

    Posted on August 30, 2019 at 12:28 pm

  • Griselda says:

    On November 11,2019. I had da vichy procedure and my colon was perforated. I had 3 surgery’s in 2 days gone thru so much pain woke up to a stoma bag and they are talking about a 4 surgery in 8 w0ks to reconstruct my colon . I just don’t understand why they continue to do this procedure if it’s such a risk . I cant image how I going to heal from my da vichy if I am just concentrating on my colon for now. I can’t imagine the complications of da vinchi . Let’s keep us inform.

    Posted on November 16, 2019 at 9:38 am

  • Melissa says:

    I had a complete hystrectamy on march 20th 2019 with the Da vinci surgery i have not been feeling well ever since also been having pain in left side stomach feels like someone punched me in my stomach’after eating seems to be even worse.just over all not feeling well after Da Vinci surgery my blood work was fine just not feeling well at all after Di Vinci surgery now losing work because not feeling well.will never have Da vinci surgery again.

    Posted on January 29, 2020 at 3:16 am

  • Cvita says:

    I had what was suppose to be a simple hysterectomy but ended up bleeding 13 hours internally, got 6 units of blood transfusion and second surgery next day for c section. Was over medicated and in a induced coma. Very bad psychosis with breathing tube down my throat. I have my file of over 2 thousand pages, for 15 days in the hospital. Went home with oxygen and walker and having nurse and physical therapy coming to my home for 2 months. Have 5 months left for the 2 years limitation. But no one will help me. But my kids were told it doesn’t look good. They all flew to Florida from N.Y and 2 todlers.

    Posted on February 3, 2020 at 11:15 pm

  • Maria says:

    On Dec 19, 2019 I had a partial hysterectomy with the da Vinci Robotic system. I am an ICU nurse and 53 at the time of my surgery. Immediately after recovery I felt a sharp pain to my left should and right leg. At my one week post op appt with the surgeon, I jokingly asked if he had dropped me because my left arm and right leg were killing me. He said it was due to the positioning of my body. When the da Vinci device is used, your body is practically upside down (trendelenberg position). My surgery last 5 hours. After nerve tests and two MRI’s they have found two tears in my left shoulder. I’m confident I have brachial plexus nerve damage as well. I believe I sustained a “crush injury” caused by the weight of my body against the pads while up in trendelenberg position for five hours. These and similar cases are well documented on the internet. I now have constant pain, burning, numbness and weakness in my left shoulder, arm and hand. I’m seeing and orthopedist next week for options; cortisone shots or surgery. I am seeking damages because in 2014, Intuitive Systems who creates the da Vinci Robotic System set aside $67 million for 3000 filed cases against the robotic system. Look up da Vinci lawsuits. My hysterectomy went well but I have collateral damage. God bless and good luck to all.

    Posted on September 9, 2020 at 3:36 am

  • Christine says:

    I had a partial hysterectomy in October 2012. After 1 week at home, I had to go to the ER, because I had such severe abdominal pain, that was radiating around my back. The hospital told me it was a back problem. I know it was no back problem. I told my surgeon and he wanted to go right back in and re do it. I said no, I am not healed from this surgery yet. I have been to GI doctors, and to no avail, everything is normal. My stomach blows up everyday like a basketball. And it hurts to walk long distances. I know in my heart and soul that the surgery went bad. I even asked if he may have left a sponge or a stitch may have popped and he said not really. I have been arguing my point about this to my husband and he is totally frustrated with the entire deal. I went back to the surgeon and had already got a CT scan, MRI, and a colonoscopy. I have right abdominal pain and back pain. This is bloating has been ongoing. My surgeon says that it could be scar tissues and that the mesh could of came off. Now he wants to go in again and put another hole in me to repair mesh and take out scar tissue if he can. He said if the scar tissue is too much and out of his scope, I will have to go to a general surgeon. So that is another invasive surgery. Why isn’t anyone paying attention to this, and realizing that these surgeries went bad and screwed a lot of women up. This is a crime. I am walking around with who knows what is wrong inside me. I need someone who can fix this once and for all.

    Posted on April 7, 2021 at 11:48 am

  • Amy says:

    I’ve suspected that all the pain I’ve had on lower right abdomen and back and right progressive shoulder pain might be related to hysterectomy. About 8 months after surgery the excruciating pain started In right abdomen ovary/appendix area. Achy Pain in both hips and right shoulder pain as well. After going to every specialty, I’m clear with Ortho problems as. gI issues. What doctor investigates this? Every comment I read is my story. The pain radiates down my right leg and have trouble going upstairs because of pain in right side. Feels like I get cramps in vagina sometimes too. Which dr will consider that this is the problem? Neurologist? What are the steps to remedy this?!

    Posted on June 8, 2021 at 11:45 pm

  • Amy says:

    I’ve suspected that all the pain I’ve had on lower right abdomen and back and right progressive shoulder pain might be related to hysterectomy. About 8 months after surgery the excruciating pain started In right abdomen ovary/appendix area. Achy Pain in both hips and right shoulder pain as well. After going to every specialty, I’m clear with Ortho problems as. gI issues. What doctor investigates this? Every comment I read is my story. The pain radiates down my right leg and have trouble going upstairs because of pain in right side. Feels like I get cramps in vagina sometimes too. Which dr will consider that this is the problem? Neurologist? What are the steps to remedy this?!

    Posted on June 9, 2021 at 5:48 pm

  • Hector says:

    i am 69 yo male with Hx of DM, HTN and OA. Recently a large polyp identified as cancerous by gastroenterologist. polyp was located at mid level of descending colon, was told it needed to be removed as soon as possible . A colorectal surgeon was contacted and as told surgery was best done by robotics less risk and less time in the hospital . after four weeks post-op a sudden pain began to my right breast radiating to my left breast with a stabbing burning sensation. On my right side pain radiates to my back, i became concern due to pain on my left side and went to ED was admitted with cardiac protocols and found negative results on cardiac conditions. was referred to cardiologist . during stay i was found to be very anemic and was given Iron via IV infusion. was told anemia sometimes caused nerve pain like what i described, Dr also stated some times during these type of surgeries a nerve pathway can be nicked and cause neuropathy pain. surgeon was contacted during my hospital stay and ordered a CT scan. CT scan was done, was released from hospital with iron pills for my anemia and was told surgeon will contact me when he reads the scan. was contacted a week later and was told CT scan was negative by surgeon, stated it was negative and if pain continued to go to ED for evaluation. have been having pain for a month now, a pain that Tramadol, Tylenol , or Ibuprofen controls .

    Posted on July 26, 2021 at 4:43 pm

  • Rhonda says:

    I too have been experiencing pressure in the lower right portion of my abdomen when emptying my bladder. I spoke with my OB/Gyne who performed a robotic da Vinci hysterectomy September 2019 who advised me to do a nine step procedure of a lidocaine mixture and I still am experiencing pressure & pain 23 months later. I had to pay for the nine lidocaine treatment out of my pocket and got no relief. The OB/Gyne says its probably because of all the scar tissue and fusing of organs that he had to work through and that it takes time to heal….I’m sure he didn’t mean over 2 years though.

    Posted on August 25, 2021 at 4:47 pm

  • Lisa says:

    I recently had a Davinci Robotic Hysterectomy. Im 8 weeks post op. I had alot of scar tissue, fibroids and endo removed. I thought this surgery was supposed to solve my problems. Instead it created new ones.

    Left shoulder pain. Neck pain. Almost daily.
    Stomach pain and bloating ( sporadic).
    Lower right side pelvic pain where my ovary was.

    Right side upper back pain cramping occasionally

    Lungs sometimes hurt.

    Left side under ribs hurt sometimes

    Daily menstraul type cramps

    Had one full week of green diarrhea and adominal pain. Not sure why.

    Right after the surgery i had what looked like burn marks on inner thighs. Vag lips were swollen for two weeks.

    Anytime I walk 2 miles I have pressure in vag area. And pelvic pain. Afraid to have sex. Anxiety now. I watched “The Bleeding Edge” on Netflix explaining how bad this robot is and I’m even more terrified.

    Posted on June 5, 2023 at 1:40 am

  • Tammara says:

    I had bladder prolapse repair and partial hysterotomy in Jan 2009. I woke with FOUR server burns the size of 50 cent pieces around my private area. 2 on each side. I endured excruciating pain for many many years. It totally changed my life and my marriage. Dr. Hoyte and the hospital claimed they had no idea what happened. I was also made to pay for daily treatment for burn recovery. I tried multiple lawyers but was told it was a teaching hospital and there was nothing I could do. I thought it was exclusively doctor negligence but am now learning it is also a defect of the davinci equipment. The Dr. is still partially responsible since he knew I had been burned during surgery and pretended not to know!! It has been 14 years and I still feel the pain everyday! Sitting for long periods of time aggravates my scars and I have nerve damage. I was not warned about any of these dangers. I was asked to sign to allow for video of the procedure but when asked for a copy they claim it did not exists. SHAME on all the doctor’s that continue to use this equipment that is a known danger to their patients. How do we stop them and how do we get compensated for ruining our lives?

    Posted on June 23, 2023 at 11:37 am

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