Defective medical devices are not limited to those implanted in a patient’s body. Patients who must use canes, wheelchairs, or other devices to get around are susceptible to a whole array of device warnings and risks that other Americans are not.
In mid-January the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a first-of-its-kind device to treat obesity, according to a FDA press release. The device, known as the Maestro Rechargeable System, realigns nerve pathways between the brain and the stomach. It’s the first FDA-approved device to fight obesity since 2007, and is approved for patients who have a body mass index of 35 to 45, with at least one other obesity-related condition. One such condition would be Type 2 diabetes.
Lupron is a hormonal regulator that has several dangerous, if not oft-publicized side effects of which every patient should be aware. The drug is prescribed to help slow early-onset puberty in teenagers, to men who exhibit signs of prostate cancer, and to help treat women with endometriosis, a rare condition in which the lining of the uterus grows outside the actual uterus. According to the U.S.
Thrombosis, or blood clots as they are colloquially known, tend to manifest naturally in men more than women. Women, however, are at risk for blood clots primarily because of pregnancy, birth control, and other hormonal therapies men do not generally take, according to StopTheClot.org.
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.
In recent years, testosterone therapies to help men with erectile dysfunction or low testosterone levels have become more common than ever. With the advances in such medication, however, come advances in risks that accompany such treatment. According to WebMD.com, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), are not as common as one may think.
Heart surgery and the implementation of a heart device are very serious procedures. According to the New York University Langone Medical Center coronary revascularization is one of the most risky heart procedures for patients; however, it is recommended for heart failure patients who have a varying degree of severity of heart problems.
A new study published in the Journal of Patient Safety has concluded that the number of patients who die from medical mistakes in hospitals is significantly higher than past studies have revealed.
In 1999, a report titled “To Err is Human,” which was published by the Institute of Medicine, put that number at 98,000. At the time the report was published, the medical community balked that number but in time accepted it as factual.
The business of hip and knee implants is growing. It’s not just baby boomers who need these implants, but the under 65 market is expanding as well. Estimates are that by 2030 when 4 million replacements will be put in, half of all patients will be under 65. Since people are getting replacements at a younger age, they will have th
Doctors spend years studying medicine before they are allowed to make care decisions. Even once they receive their doctoral degrees, they work underneath doctors with tenure and on the job experience. Yet the fear of lawsuits makes most doctors practice defensive medicine. That means that instead of focusing on helping a patient, these doctors are practice medicine to avoid legal action.