Understanding The Basics of Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Posted by on Oct 23, 2016 in Dangerous Medical Products | 0 comments

The shoulder has an important role in facilitating the movement of the arm. For this reason, any damage in this part of the body can restrict the performance of basic tasks. You might find sleeping difficult or disrupted as a result of the damage to the bone, cartilage, and other parts of the shoulder. When there is serious pain or damage in the shoulder, your doctor may advise replacement surgery.

Shoulder replacement surgery is designed to increase body function and minimize pain. It is usually recommended when there is loss of cartilage or other damage that results to pain every time the shoulder joint is used or moved. Replacement surgery is often recommended when the traditional procedures are no longer applicable. Designed to be used as a corrective procedure, there has been reports of defective replacement devices causing additional injuries and pain to patients.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, faulty shoulder replacement devices carry additional complications. The defective shoulder replacement device manufactured by a medical company reportedly falls off after being implanted. Just like other surgical procedures, shoulder replacement also poses some risks to patients. However, if the injury was due to some faulty device, it is possible to recover some damages from the manufacturer for the injuries caused by the defective device.

Some common complications of shoulder replacement surgery include blood clots in a leg vein. This can be extremely dangerous if the blood clot restricts blood flow from the leg back to the heart or move to the lungs. In order to correct the damage of a defective shoulder replacement device, the patient may have to undergo revision surgery which is more risky and may also carry major side effects.

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Is Shoulder Replacement Surgery Right for You?

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Dangerous Medical Products | 0 comments

Shoulder joint damage can be caused by a number of different conditions. The most common reason behind this is arthritis. At its most severe, shoulder joint damage can cause extreme pain, stiffness, and difficulty moving. Typically, these symptoms are addressed with medication and physical therapy. However, if non-invasive treatments fail to alleviate these symptoms, surgery is usually the next best option.

According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, more than a million people go through joint replacement surgery in the United States every year. Aside from hip and knee replacements, shoulder replacement surgery is another common procedure undergone by arthritis patients. This procedure entails having the damaged joint replaced by a prosthesis or implant that can be made out of plastic, metal, or a combination of both materials.

Joint replacement surgery has many advantages. While, like most surgical procedures, it involves some amount of risk, it still provides patients with a significant amount of time free from debilitating pain, as well as medication and their side effects. Unfortunately, the risks of a shoulder replacement procedure can become exacerbated by implants that are defective or poorly designed. With defective metal-on-metal implants, there have been many recorded instances of joint replacement surgeries leading to serious side effects like high metal toxicity levels in the body and bone and tissue damage.

If you’re considering shoulder replacement surgery as an answer to your arthritis symptoms, have an honest conversation with your physician regarding use of implants that have been proven safe and effective. Likewise, if you have gotten a shoulder replacement surgery recently, take note of your post-operative symptoms and take note of your recovery timeline. According to Williams Kherkher, symptoms that continue to worsen over time could point to complications caused by a defective shoulder joint implant. Consult with your doctor immediately and seek out the advice of a lawyer to learn more about your options.

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Updates on Tranvaginal Mesh Litigation

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Dangerous Medical Products | 0 comments

Transvaginal mesh litigation is considered one of the most prolific of product litigation lawsuits in US tort law history. There are more than 60,000 claims already filed with the courts, and another 50,000 plaintiffs are expected to file suit. This prompted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to level up the product from moderate to high risk classification for the treatment of women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or urinary incontinence.

Transvaginal mesh multi-district litigation (MDL) is currently pending in the Southern District of West Virginia naming seven defendants including C.R. Bard Inc, American Medical Systems, Inc. (a subsidiary of Endo International Plc.), Ethicon Inc. (a division of Johnson & Johnson), and Boston Scientific, all manufacturers of transvaginal mesh products.

The claims against these defendants include defective design and manufacture of the product which resulted in serious injury or harm to those who were implanted. Furthermore, plaintiffs claimed that they were not given adequate warning about the dangers associated with using the product which included mesh erosion, infection, and organ damage. Many of the plaintiffs had to undergo revision surgery to remove the mesh and repair the damage done, and in some cases the mesh was beyond recovery or the damage was too severe to be repaired.

Twenty thousand lawsuits had been filed against American Medical Systems, a major mesh manufacturer. The company was quick to announce that it would settle many of the claims from a $1.2 billion fund provided by Endo for that purpose, but has not admitted to any liability. Ethicon, on the other hand, is not giving way to the 30,000 claims made against them and both sides are preparing for the third bellwether trial set for early December 2014, despite its defeat in September when the jury awarded $3.27 million in damages to plaintiff Jo Huskey for injuries sustained with using the TVT-O pelvic mesh sling device. The verdict is currently being appealed.

Avaulta transvaginal mesh manufacturer C.R. Bard chose to settle some of the lawsuits against them, agreeing to pay about $43,000 for each of 500 cases when the federal court directed them to prepare for trial in those 500 cases. But there are more out there; in excess of 9,000 cases have so far been filed against the mesh manufacturer. Boston Scientific was ordered by a Texas state court to pay $73 million in damages (reduced to $43 million in compliance with Texas law) to Martha Salazar for her injuries caused by the Obtryx sling. More than 14,000 plaintiffs are asking for compensation from Boston Scientific.

If you sustained serious injuries from using a transvaginal mesh product, you are definitely not alone, nor should you sustain the financial consequences on your own. Contact a personal injury in your area for legal advice.

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Sertraline (Zoloft) Side Effects

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Dangerous Medical Products | 0 comments

Sertraline, most commonly known under the brand name Zoloft marketed by Pfizer Inc. is an antidepressant drug of a class called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). It was first introduced in 1991 and mainly given as treatment for major depression in adults, and for any patient with obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, or social anxiety disorder. Next to citalopram (brand name Celexa) and beating out fluoxetine (brand name Prozac), more than 37 million prescriptions for Zoloft were handed out in 2011.

Zoloft is considered to be equally if not more effective than other SSRIs for treating different types of depression. Studies indicate that it is efficacious in treating panic disorder but should be used in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy to make a dent in obsessive-compulsive disorder cases. Although approved for it, sertraline does not distinguish itself in treating posttraumatic stress disorder and social phobia. Overall, sertraline has fewer side effects that other medications in its class as well as older formulations, and the effects are generally milder.

As with other SSRIs, Zoloft also causes diarrhea, dry mouth, dizziness, persistent tinnitus, insomnia, nausea and sexual dysfunctions (difficulty in achieving sexual arousal, orgasm, or ejaculation) in some patients with similar profiles, although sertraline causes comparatively milder cognitive impairment, less somnolence and insignificant weight gain. However, suicidality is still a serious side effect of sertraline, with the at-risk population among the young (less than 25 years of age) and the elderly (past 65 years old).

Rather unique to sertraline is the risk of developing microscopic colitis (inflammation of the colon) which seems to be associated with the drug, though why this should be is unknown. Sixteen percent of cases in a clinical study yielded reports of short-term akathisia (inner restlessness and tension) which appeared at initial dosage and at dosage increase but which disappeared after a few days.

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Risperdal Dangers to Young Men

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Dangerous Medical Products | 0 comments

There is probably nothing more devastating to a young boy than to be teased by his peers for being “girly.” This can be anything, ranging from being too neat to the way they run. But when a young boy who is already struggling with a mental illness such as bipolar disorder, autism, or schizophrenia starts to actually grow breasts, it may literally push him over the edge.

Gynecomastia is the development of breasts in males that can occur naturally at certain stages of life when the hormonal balance is upset. This is a condition that can develop in puberty and persist for up to two years, but it is also common in babies and the elderly.

In itself, gynecomastia is not a condition that poses any physical risk to the individual when it is benign and not a symptom of cancer or rliver failure. It may feel uncomfortable and tender at times, but it is not going to kill anyone. The psychological and emotional effects on a pubertal boy, however, are a whole different ball of wax. Luckily, it eventually goes away and is soon forgotten.

While naturally occurring, some medications can trigger the condition even when the patient is past puberty and not yet elderly. Specifically, Risperdal (risperidone) is strongly indicated in a significant number of cases where male patients taking the antipsychotic drug developed breasts. Considering that the drug is designed to help people who already have mental problems, this side effect is particularly unfortunate. The condition is generally irreversible and may require surgical removal.

What makes it even worse is that the manufacturer Johnson & Johnson (J&J) knew about it but failed to provide adequate warning to physicians and patients.  This is the reason why J&J is under legal fire from individuals as well as states, all seeking compensation for the losses they suffered from the aggressive marketing and lack of candor exhibited by the drugmaker. Litigation is ongoing, so if you or a family member suffered harm as a result of using Risperdal, you may be eligible to file a negligence suit against J&J. Contact a personal injury lawyer in your area with extensive experience in handling defective drug cases to find out what your legal options are.

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