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Essure permanent birth control method a painful mistake for some women

April Langley of Atlanta believed the debilitating pain she experienced after having the Essure micro-coil implanted into her fallopian tubes as a form of permanent birth control would eventually go away. But, “I just kept getting worse and not better,” she said. April looked into having the device removed in hopes of alleviating the pain in her pelvis and lower back, the constant cramping, and the general sickness she felt since getting the device, but doctors said the only way to remove it was to have a hysterectomy. And then she found Dr. Bill Greene at Lakeshore Surgical Center, who ... Read More

UK’s National Health Service bans metal-on-metal hip implants

The United Kingdom National Health Service is banning surgeons from using metal-on-metal hip replacement systems in patients, based on guidance issued from consumer health watchdog the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The consumer health advocacy group developed the guidelines after investigations and research into the all-metal implants, which were found to have a startling high premature failure rate. Traditional hip implants are made with plastic or ceramic parts and generally last about 25 years before needing to be replaced. In the past decade, medical device manufacturers introduced all-metal artificial hips, assuming the devices would hold up better ... Read More

Stryker to pay up to $1.1 billion to resolve metal hip lawsuits

Medical device maker Stryker Corp. says it expects to pay up to $1.1 billion to settle personal injury lawsuits stemming from a 2012 recall of two of the company’s metal hip implants. The amount is more than twice what the company previously estimated it would have to pay to resolve the lawsuits. In July 2012, Stryker recalled its Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck stems because of concerns that the devices could fret or corrode inside the body, which could damage surrounding tissue and cause pain and inflammation. Last July the company in a securities filing said it estimated the costs ... Read More

Bayer markets Mirena-like IUD for adolescents despite Mirena IUD injury lawsuits

A new intrauterine device is being marketed in the United States with sexually active adolescents in mind. Skyla, made by Bayer Healthcare, is raising concerns among some experts not because it is geared toward younger women, but because some IUDs, especially the Mirena, also made by Bayer, have been associated with injuries, some of which have been serious. Skyla is a new version of Bayer’s Mirena. Both deliver a steady dose of the hormone levonorgestrel, but Skyla is smaller than the Mirena, lasts up to three years as opposed to five years with Mirena, and contains less of the hormone ... Read More

New IUD insertion device aims to cut down on uterine perforation

New Orleans-based company Bioceptive has created a device that it says makes the insertion of intrauterine devices – or IUDs – simpler, thus cutting down on the technical training required for health providers. The inserter automates some of the insertion process and allows the health care provider to guide the IUD into the intended place and reduce the chance of uterine perforation. IUDs tear through the uterine wall about once or twice for every 1,000 insertions, and the risk is even greater when the device is inserted by an inexperienced health care provider. Women who have had fewer children also ... Read More

Several transvaginal mesh manufacturers involved in lawsuit settlement talks

Settlement talks are currently underway between manufacturers of transvaginal mesh and women who say they suffered serious complications from the defectively designed products. Attorneys for Boston Scientific, Coloplast, Cook Medical, and C.R. Bard entered into discussions to resolve the tens of thousands of lawsuits waged against them. The only manufacturer that did not join the discussion was Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. There are more than 30,000 lawsuits against the five companies that are engaged in settlement talks. However, that number is expected to grow to upwards of 50,000 as more plaintiffs join in the settlement proceedings. Transvaginal ... Read More

Transvaginal mesh manufacturers face more than 30,000 lawsuits alleging defective design

More than 10,000 lawsuits involving Ethicon Gynecare transvaginal mesh have been filed in the Southern District of West Virginia, all claiming the surgical mesh products were defectively designed and made, and that Ethicon failed to warn doctors and patients of the risks associated with the devices. Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is also facing an additional 4,400 transvaginal mesh lawsuits currently pending in multi-county litigation in New Jersey’s Atlantic County Superior Court. Ethicon is just one of six manufacturers of transvaginal mesh. There are more than 30,000 transvaginal mesh lawsuits currently pending in separate proceedings in just the ... Read More

DePuy settles ASR metal hip complaint before trial start

Johnson & Johnson has settled a personal-injury lawsuit that accused its DuPuy Orthopaedics unit of manufacturing defective metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. The lawsuit had been selected as a bellwether case among several other cases DePuy faces over its ASR hip implants, and was destined for an October 15 trial in San Francisco Superior Court. In March, a Los Angeles jury ordered DePuy to pay Loren “Bill” Kransky, a retired prison guard, $8.3 million in damages for injuries he allegedly received from an all-metal ASR hip device made by DePuy. Mr. Krannsky’s case was chosen as the first of more than ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson settles metal hip lawsuit

Robert Ottman was ready for his day in court against consumer health care products giant Johnson & Johnson. Ottman underwent total hip replacement surgery in 2008 during which he was implanted with Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy ASR metal-on-metal artificial hip system. Ottman claims the device caused him so much pain and disability that in 2011 he was forced to undergo invasive revision surgery to remove and replace the defective device. In 2010, Johnson & Johnson pulled the hip implants due to an alarmingly high number of premature failures. Ottman’s lawsuit claims that Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics ... Read More

Spanish king undergoes third hip replacement surgery due to joint infection

King Juan Carlos of Spain, 75, underwent a third hip replacement surgery less than two years after the last hip treatment, because the tissue surrounding the implant had become infected.  Carlos has undergone seven surgeries since 2010, including having both his hips replaced during three surgeries last year. The first hip replacement surgery came after he fell during an elephant-hunting holiday in Botswana. The monarch never gained full mobility after his last hip surgery and requires a cane to walk. It is not reported what type of artificial hip Carlos received. Traditional hip implants are made with ceramic or plastic ... Read More