Medical Procedure

FDA Safety Alert Reveals Growing Number of Surgical Complications Involving Transvaginal Mesh

Transvaginal mesh is a medical device used to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). It is a permanent implant designed to strengthen a weakened vaginal wall in the instance of POP or to reinforce the urethra to treat SUI. In 2011, the FDA issued a follow-up of its health notification from three years previous, which alerted people to the complications linked to transvaginal mesh when treating either of these medical conditions.
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Invasive Procedure Equipment Causes Big Problems When Contaminated

With cancer rates at an all-time high and cancer remaining a leading cause of death in the United States, the word biopsy has become a household term.  A biopsy, according to WebMD, is the examination of a contaminated tissue that was removed from the body to determine what disease—or to what extent the disease is present—is afflicting a patient. A patient will undergo a biopsy if he or she has abnormal test results or if a medical practitioner suspects that it could identify an unidentified condition.
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Mental Disorder Drug Linked to Risk of Compulsive Behavior

Abilify is the name brand of the medication aripirazole. Aripirazole is the medicine used to treat mental disorders such as bipolar disorder, severe mental depression and schizophrenia. No evidence has been released that proves that the drug does not do what it is intended to do, but there are some unexpected side effects of taking this medication about which many patients have filed lawsuits.
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Stryker Orthopaedics Faces Medical Product Liability Issues

Stryker Orthopaedics (“Stryker”) is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies. Recently, Stryker has come under fire for some of its medical devices that have been found to be defective. In fact, over 2,000 plaintiffs have filed suit against Stryker because of faults in Stryker hip implants.
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Serious Complications for Infuse Bone Graft Patients

The Infuse Bone Graft, manufactured by Medtronic, is one medical device that has come under fire in recent years for Medtronic’s failure to appropriately warn patients of associated risks. According to Medtronic, the device consists of two parts. One part is a protein found in all human bodies. The other is the device itself—the delivery carrier. The protein found in the device is associated with bone growth and healing.
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FDA Considers Reclassifying Transvaginal Mesh Implants As High Risk

Transvaginal mesh implants have often come under fire in recent years for faulty manufacturing and patient complications. Urogynecologic surgical mesh implants are used to provide support for organs and tissues that are weakened or damaged. They are made of synthetic materials that are often absorbable, or a combination of both absorbable and non-absorbent materials, according to the U.S.
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FDA Approves New Crohn’s Disease Medical Treatment

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease and can affect any portion of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. If this is left untreated, a patient can suffer from diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, skin rashes, abdominal pain, lack of concentration, tiredness, eye inflammation, and even arthritis. As a result of the pain and discomfort experienced by many Crohn’s patients, the search for a medical treatment has been widespread. However, a new medical treatment is on the horizon.
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Morcellation Device Recalled

Morcellation devices are used to remove uterine fibroid growths that are common in women. They are non-cancerous growths that appear in the smooth muscle tissue in the uterus. If these fibroid growths are not removed, they can cause serious health issues for the affected women.
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  • Newland & Newland LLP, Attorneys, Arlington Heights, IL