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Morcellator Lawsuits Still being Filed Against Johnson & Johnson

Morcellator Lawsuits Still being Filed Against Johnson & Johnson

On April 30, 2014, Ethicon, the unit of Johnson & Johnson that is responsible for the manufacture, sale and promotion of power morcellators, ceased distribution and sales of said devices, and ordered their withdrawal from the market.

Ethicon’s move came barely three weeks after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert on April 17, 2014, which advised doctors and hospitals against the continuous use of power morcellators in laparoscopic surgical procedures, specifically in the removal of uterine fibroids or myomas, through myomectomy, and in the removal of the womb or uterus, through hysterectomy.

FDA’s decision is based on medical reports regarding the possible spread of unsuspected cancer tissues, called uterine sarcomas, during morcellation treatment of women with uterine fibroids. Due to the lack of a device that can accurately detect the presence of uterine sarcomas, risk of spreading it beyond the uterus can happen as uterine fibroids are divided or morcellated into pieces.

Power morcellators are medical devices designed to cut an overgrown uterus or fibroids into pieces that are tiny enough to allow them to be extracted through 0.5-1cm incisions. These devices have been approved by the FDA to be used in laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgeries. Due to the many advantages of power morcellators, including performance of surgeries that require very tiny incisions that healed faster, shorter hospital stay for patients, lesser blood loss, reduced pain and minimal chances of infection or complications, many doctors began using them in the early 1990s to perform laparoscopic surgeries instead of the traditional open surgeries (such as abdominal hysterectomy, which required incisions between five to seven inches long).

Johnson & Johnson introduced three of the best engineered power morcellators in the market in 1998 which, many believe, actually set the standard on the way the device should be designed. These devices included the Gynecare Morcellex, the Morcellex Sigma and the Gynecare X-Tract. Despite the accuracy and efficiency of J&J’s power morcellators, however, the FDA found the risk of cancer a valid reason for doctors and hospitals to cease use of the device.

As mentioned in the website of the law firm Williams Kherkher, up to 50,000 morcellation treatments are performed in the U.S. every year, with most of these for the purpose of removing uterine fibroids. In a number of U.S. states, morcellator lawsuits are on the rise, adding to the growth in the number of women seeking compensation.

Many more patients are expected to come to the open and file civil lawsuits they are legally entitled to pursue. These lawsuits may be their chance of seeking compensation for whatever damages the devices have caused in them.

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6 Possible of Dangers of Cosmetic Surger

Some people just can’t get contented with the way they look. Whenever they see imperfections in their body, they would want to remove it or have it repaired. Cosmetic surgery has become an ideal alternative for people who want to enhance their appeal and appearance. For most people, undergoing these procedures will give them renewed confidence. According to the website of Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery, this will help people discover the beauty within them.

But while cosmetic surgery will not only enhance physical appearance but also emotional and psychological effects, it also carries potential risks as any form of surgery. The dangers of such procedure will vary from one person to another. There are also certain factors that con contribute to these risks. Let us take a look at the dangers of cosmetic surgery.

Scarring

While surgeons will as much as possible minimize scarring during surgery, it will still happen and some attribute this to the skin color of the patient.

Health Condition

Depending on your overall health, cosmetic surgery may also pose a risk to you. Obesity and history of heart diseases can also increase risks during the procedure. You can suffer from stroke or high blood pressure and abnormal heart rate.

Infection

The risk of getting an infection after cosmetic surgery is at less than 1% and taking antibiotics can dramatically reduce the risk. When infection does occur, the condition is very serious. If you are into smoking, taking steroids, or suffering from vascular conditions, the risk of infection is much greater.

Excessive or unexpected bleeding

Bleeding is a pretty normal condition a few hours after surgery and may often result to complications. Hematoma occurs when blood clots accumulate under the skin. Initially, there will be pain in the affected area but it will gradually go away once the body’s clotting mechanism starts to address the situation.

Necrosis

Cosmetic surgery can also cause necrosis, which is characterized by the appearance of dead tissues as a result of lack of oxygen in the operated region.

Anesthesia Risks

Although anesthesia-related risk is quite rare in cosmetic surgery, it is still a possible danger in cosmetic surgery. The patient may feel nauseated or experience sore throat.

Putting these risks in mind will help you decide whether to undergo cosmetic surgery. While you can look beautiful and confident, you should also consider the dangerous nature of the procedure.

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