A woman, Josette Taylor, lost her husband, soon after he underwent da Vinci robotic prostatectomy in 2008. The surgeon performing the robotic surgery had never done the procedure without supervision. The surgery took 13 hours because of complications instead of a five-hour procedure. Fred Taylor died in 2012 because of complications that include infection, lung and kidney problems, and stroke.
Mrs. Taylor decided to file a complaint against Intuitive Surgical, the manufacturer of da Vinci surgical system that is used in robotic procedures. Unfortunately, Mrs. Taylor lost over Intuitive Surgical's argument that her husband was not a candidate to robotic surgery because he was morbidly obese. However, the problem was settled out-of-court with her husband's urologist.