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Are Morcellators Safe for Laparoscopic Surgery?

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Personal Injury, Product Lawsuits | 0 comments

Laparoscopic surgical procedures have been garnering attention and favor from patients everywhere, if the option is available to them. It is thanks to the modern innovation of technological advancements that allow for these procedures to be possible. Laparoscopic surgical procedures are, by nature, simpler and more effective than regular surgery. It allows a more precise handling of delicate tissue and muscle. As a result, the patient thereby does not need as long a time to recovery from surgery and will not suffer from as much discomfort, as is the usual with more traditional surgeries. The minimal intrusion also allows for there to be reduced scarring as most laparoscopic procedures only require about a 0.5 to 1.5 millimeter incisions.

One of the most popular devices used for these procedures are morcellators. Now, morcellators are small, cylindrical tubes that are inserted into the body with a sharp claw at the end. The claw attaches itself to the noncancerous growth and suctions it out of the body, piece by piece. The design allows for there to be precision in the removal of the noncancerous growths and since its induction, it has been stated that there have been at least 50,000 procedures involving a morcellator every single year and its most popular patients are women who need to go through a hysterectomy or the removal of the womb through surgery.

However, there have been claims through several people who have filed a morcellator lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson, stating that use of the morcellation devices were the cause of their acquiring endometrial cancer. These are very serious claims and were well founded enough that the manufacturer actually called for a recall of their three morcellators (Gynecare Morcellex, Gynecare X-Tract, and Morcellex Sigma) in 2014.

If you or someone you know has developed endometrial cancer – cancer that begins in the inner lining of the womb, or the endometrium – it is recommended that legal help and representation are called into the case so that the patient may be given the best care and help possible throughout this horrible ordeal.

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What Is So Dangerous About Monsanto PCBs?

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Personal Injury, Product Lawsuits | 0 comments

Polychlorinated biphenyls, otherwise known as PCBs, have been a huge problem that people though had been eradicated in the late 1970s. This could not be any more wrong – but what is the big deal about PCBs, you may be asking. Plenty is the answer – especially to those people who may be unwittingly living in the most polluted areas in the United States.

There have been studies that have linked exposure to PCBs with a kind of cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. This is a disease that first starts with lymphocytes, parts of the body that are found in a person’s immune system. A study from the Environmental Protection Agency involving Rhesus monkeys (a species of primates that have DNA compatible to that of a homo sapien by 93%) proved that exposure to the substance can cause significant physical repercussions such as the drastic shrinking of the thymus gland. The thymus gland is responsible for the stimulation and development of hormones called Thymosin which act as internal combatants. There has been some evidence that PCBs can also cause reproductive or neurological defects in people.

There has been substantial evidence that states that the Monsanto Company is almost solely responsible for the presence of PCBs in the United States of America, with a whopping 99% responsibility. They have been in operation since the 1930s – though some claims state that they had been operating under a different name since the early 1900s – and a note found from within the company brings to light that they have known the hazardous effects of their products since the 1960s, long before Congress issued the ban in 1979.

It is the year 2015 and the effects of Monsanto PCBs are still widely felt, especially in the areas with bodies of water that were frequently used as disposal areas. Not only is the marine life as well as the sediments found in the seafloor affected but the people who reside in that area are also exposed to the substance, sometimes ignorant to their being exposed until it is too late.

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The Truth about Transvaginal Mesh

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Product Lawsuits | 0 comments

There are two common reasons as to why women would elect to undergo a procedure involving transvaginal mesh. One reason is due to Pelvic Organ Prolapse, otherwise known as simply POP.

This is a fairly normal occurrence with women who have just given birth as the muscles and walls around the vagina are often made weak or stretched due to the pregnancy. Sometimes, this condition can get better with time and some rest. However, should the case prove to be more severe and cause the POP (which could have very severe side effects) to worsen, causing need for transvaginal mesh. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, the procedure itself, designed originally for treating hernia and was successful, has been gaining negative feedback from physicians and patients, saying it is not just ineffectual but also possibly even more detrimental to the woman’s health.

The side effects of transvaginal mesh-induced POP include the constant feeling of pain, especially while urinating or during sexual intercourse. It also severely affects movement due to the feeling of having something falling out of you all the time, as well as affecting your bowels.

Should a situation of this nature occur to you or to someone you know, just any lawyer won’t cut it. The side effects and consequences of transvaginal mesh could include spousal consortium, loss of quality of life, or even additional medical expenses that equate to loss of income. This means that you need not only specialized lawyers who know the ins and outs of this kind of lawsuit but also know the best kind of medical care and procedures that are necessary in order to treat your condition and the negative consequences that the insertion of the transvaginal mesh could have birthed.

It can be one of the most stressful things to deal with – the aftermath of a surgery gone wrong. The stress and burden can encompass financially, psychologically, and mentally – adding to the already painful physical injury.

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