Risks and Complications

*Any surgery carries the risk of complications, including death, which is true of da Vinci surgery also

**There are some risks specific to the procedure and also with patient having other associated medical conditions

Risks associated with any modality of surgery

  1. During Surgery
    • Blood loss may or may not need blood transfusion
    • Any inadvertent injury to organ, structure, or tissue, including, but not limited to:
      • Major blood vessel
      • Hollow organ, such as the bowel or bladder
      • Solid organ, such as the spleen or liver
      • Ureter (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder)
      • Nerves
    • Loss of a needle, piece of an instrument, particulate or any other object used during surgery in patient’s body
    • Anesthesia risks:
      • Hemodynamic shock
      • Heart attack
      • Stroke
      • Deep vein thrombosis or blood clotting in deep veins
      • Pulmonary embolism or blocked lung artery
      • Pneumonia
      • Dental injury
      • Injury to the vocal cord or other soft tissues
      • Death
  2. After Surgery
    • Bleeding
    • Urinary tract infection and/or urine will not empty completely from the bladder
    • Blocked intestine or small bowel, nausea/vomiting
    • Deep vein thrombosis or blood clotting in deep veins
    • Blood clot in a vessel that breaks away and travels to another part of the body like lungs or brain
    • Infection
    • Large amount of drainage from wound, or drainage which lasts a long period of time
    • Bursting of the wound at the incision site
    • Hernia (bulging of organ or fatty tissue) at the incision site
    • Acute kidney failure
    • Symptoms or disease may return
    • Death