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Childbirth a leading cause of pelvic organ prolapse

Women who give birth vaginally are more likely to develop pelvic organ prolapse during the first year after childbirth than women who have cesarean sections, according to a study published online in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Researchers noted that during the labor and delivery process, the pelvic floor relaxes but does not recover its former support during the year after birth. This relaxing of the pelvic muscles does not occur in women who do not labor and have C-sections. Women who labor but ultimately have a C-section are still at risk for pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic organ ... Read More

Many more revision surgeries occur in patients with all-metal hip implants

Nearly 75 percent of revision surgeries to remove and replace a hip replacement within five years of initial implantation occur in patients who received a metal-on-metal device, according to a Canadian study. Researchers pored through data involving 60,000 hip replacements performed across Canada between 2003 and 2011. They found that the need for revision surgery was greater in patients who had large-diameter modular metal-on-metal implants compared to patients who had more common plastic devices. Traditional hip replacement systems are made with ceramic or plastic parts, and can last 20 years or more before needing to be replaced. In the past ... Read More

New treatment for pelvic organ prolapse less risky than transvaginal mesh

Women who suffer from common pelvic floor disorders such as pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) can experience uncomfortable or embarrassing symptoms including pain and incontinence. Unfortunately, in 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that the most popular surgical procedure used to treat the condition – a process in which surgical mesh is inserted through the vagina to hold up prolapsed organs – was associated with a large number of complications. Problems involved the mesh eroding in tissue causing infections, pain, disability, and hemorrhaging. Some women had to undergo repeated surgeries to remove the mesh, and some ... Read More

AAJ asks FDA not to protect artificial hip makers from liability claims

The American Association for Justice (AAJ), a plaintiff lawyers industry group, is asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent makers of metal-on-metal hip implants from using a proposed change in the medical device approval process to protect them against liability claims. Tens of thousands of lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of all-metal artificial hips after the devices showed a higher than expected failure rate and in some cases began corroding inside the bodies of patients, endangering their health. Traditional hip replacement systems are made with ceramic or plastic parts. But in more recent years, artificial joint manufacturers ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh victim recalls serious complications after surgery

Barbara Carter says she knew something was amiss the morning after surgery to have surgical mesh implanted to treat stress urinary incontinence. “I had pain where I had never had pain before,” she told First Coast News. “I told my doctor … I couldn’t move my body. My legs hurt so bad, and they told me I would get better.” But she didn’t get better. Three years later, she went to another doctor who had devastating news. “They found out I had the mesh and it was all in my bladder and basically in my intestines everywhere,” she said. “I ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh victim says she would never have had surgery if she had known the risks

Lynne Thyne, a 52-year-old mother of two teenagers, one of whom has muscular dystrophy with associated learning difficulties, says she would never have taken a risk with her health due to her family commitments. Yet, following a hysterectomy with a procedure to have her bladder lifted because of a pelvic floor disorder caused by childbirth, Thyne was told she had been implanted with surgical mesh. It was the first she had heard of transvaginal mesh, a device used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence to hold up organs that have dropped, or prolapsed. “I do not recall ... Read More

Women say transvaginal mesh left them in worse shape than before surgery

Lynn Waits experienced severe pain and bleeding immediately after surgery in 2008 where she was implanted with transvaginal mesh to treat urinary incontinence and pelvic collapse caused by childbirth. The incision doctors made next to her vagina never fully healed and in 2010, as her health continued to deteriorate, she went to a new doctor who removed the mesh. But removing the mesh didn’t cure Lynn of the symptoms. She still has aches and pains, and her sex life is nonexistent. Kathy Barton said she felt like razors were slicing her internal organs after she was implanted with the mesh ... Read More

FDA proposes requiring makers of metal hips to submit premarket approval applications

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing requiring manufacturers of metal-on-metal total hip replacement systems to submit premarket approval applications in order to assess risks associated with the devices. The proposed order was announced Thursday along with updated safety information and recommendations for patients and health care providers about illnesses and injuries associated with the devices. Metal-on-metal hip replacement and resurfacing systems, unlike traditional hip systems made with ceramic or plastic parts, have a metal ball that moves within a metal socket. This movement can cause bits of metal debris to release into the joint space, causing soft tissue damage ... Read More

AAP urges people to avoid home, playground trampolines

Home and playground trampolines are dangerous toys for both children and adults and should be avoided, urge American pediatricians. The bouncy devices account for nearly 100,000 emergency room visits each year, causing injuries that in some cases can be catastrophic. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued the statement this week, updating its recommendations from 1999, which led manufacturers of trampolines to add safety features, such as padding and safety nets around the perimeter. Those features did little to change the rate of trampoline-related injuries and if anything provided “a false sense of security,” the group said. The best advice is ... Read More

Lawsuits against transvaginal mesh manufacturers impact stock values

Lawsuits against manufacturers of transvaginal mesh devices are adversely affecting companies’ stock prices, according to Trefis: What’s Driving the Stock. The analyst points to the “continuous surge” of product liability lawsuits waged against companies such as Johnson & Johnson and Boston Scientific. ‘’While these litigation costs and settlements may have an immediate impact on the cash reserves, one should be concerned about its long-term impact on business, which could be hard to assess.” Transvaginal mesh is a surgical mesh device used to treat pelvic floor disorders in women such as pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. The devices are ... Read More