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Intuitive Surgical Tells Doctors to Stop Using Defective Robotic Surgery Systems
It’s the second time in four months the surgical robot maker has waited until after markets close on a Friday to disclose trouble.
February 10, 2023
Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), a manufacturer of robotic surgical systems, is recommending surgeons stop using approximately 109 da Vinci X and Xi systems until the company can replace a defective component. The defective piece— a robotic arm manufactured by a third party— does not contact patients, according to Intuitive.

No adverse events have been reported.

Intuitive disclosed the defect in its latest annual report after 6 P.M. on a Friday after markets closed.

It’s not the first time Intuitive has recently waited until Friday night to disclose troub;e. In October 2022, Intuitive disclosed new Chinese price controls would result in fewer robotic surgery procedures— and that it had lost a $10 million jury verdict— after markets closed on a Friday.

In the latest filing, Intuitive also revealed a second Chinese province has implemented price controls which may continue to spread provincially.
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