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What is a Myomectomy?

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Dangerous Medical Products, Injury | 0 comments

There are plenty of women who experience issues with their reproductive health. Among the many issues that can cause notable symptoms and concerns is the presence of fibroids or noncancerous growths within the walls of the uterus. Uterine fibroids are considered the most common type of benign tumors that afflict female patients. While it typically occurs when a woman is within her childbearing age, fibroids can grow in the uterus at any time. The cases of uterine fibroids also tend to vary. While there are times when the condition causes little to no symptoms, there are occasions when these abnormal growths can cause complications like painful and heavier periods, trouble urinating, and even issues with fertility. The occurrence of such symptoms typically indicates the need for surgical intervention.

One way uterine fibroids can be treated is through a surgical procedure called a myomectomy. According to the Mayo Clinic, a myomectomy entails the removal of the symptom-causing growths and the reconstruction of the uterus. It is considered a conservative treatment option, suitable for women who are looking to alleviate the symptoms they are experiencing without foregoing their ability to bear children in the future. This is in contrast to a hysterectomy, the more aggressive treatment option usually reserved as a last result where the uterus of a patient is removed.

A myomectomy can be performed in three different ways. The traditional way to perform myomectomies is through a large incision in the abdominal wall. However, surgeons can also perform minimally invasive procedures that significantly reduce a patient’s risk of infection and recovery time. The first is called a transcervical resection, where the fibroid is removed using a special device inserted through the vagina and cervix that cuts tissue with high-frequency electrical energy. Another minimally invasive procedure is a laparoscopic myomectomy, performed through a small incision near the navel using specialized medical devices that allow a surgeon to navigate the area and resect the growth without having to cut open and expose the patient.

Since the 1990s, laparoscopic myomectomies have been performed with a device called power morcellator. A morcellator makes use of a fast spinning blade to cut down and shred tumor tissues, allowing surgeons to extract fibroids easily through small incisions. The device has proven to be quite useful since top pharmaceuticals like Johnson & Johnson introduced it to the market—until recently when several scientific studies show that morcellation could spread and exacerbate undetected uterine cancer. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, the FDA recently issued a warning that these risks outweigh potential benefits brought about by the use of power morcellators. The FBI is also leading an inquiry on the device, focusing their attention on its manufacturers.

If you are considering a myomectomy to treat uterine fibroids, do not forget to ask your physician about the use of power morcellators. Open a dialogue about health risks and inquire about possible alternatives.

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The Cost of Medical Mistakes

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Dangerous Medical Products, Health and Beauty | 0 comments

Sometimes, it is the things meant to help that end up hurting. Isn’t there an adage old saying that says, “The road to hell is paved with good intention”? Well, there is certainly a lot of hell to pay when something goes wrong, especially in the field of medicine. There have been many mistakes made in the medical practice that has caused extreme discomfort or even, in the worst cases of them all, death.

Take the hip replacements from DePuy, for example; according to the website of Williams Kherker, there were hip implants in 2003 that were recalled after an onslaught of complaints after the surgery took place. In this case, the implant itself was the one that was apparently defective and those who were victims of its impairments were given ample compensation for their troubles. These have quite evident complications that are immediately treatable, since the symptoms are pretty obvious. The same cannot always be said for faulty medical solutions.

Some medicine, especially the ones that are taken orally or intravenously, can have harmful side effects that are not always so easily spotted. Such is the case of Benicar, a drug that supposed to lower a person’s blood pressure, therefore mitigating the risk of cardiac arrest or other heart related health conditions. However, the product has been linked to have harmful side effects that might do more damage than the good it is intended for, such as weight loss or chronic diarrhea. A lawyer would argue that it was not your consumption of this product that caused the pain; it was, rather, the faulty production of the drug, therefore making you legible for the right to be treated fairly, with regard to the wrong done to you.

If you think yourself to be suffering from any pain or inconvenience as a result of flawed pharmaceutical products, there is a wide array of options available for you to receive compensation and proper treatment for whatever the harm done to you. With the right case presented with the proper evidence, you could regain everything you have lost and you are most certainly owed better recompense.

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