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Man sues maker of surgical mesh

A Texas man is suing the manufacturer of the surgical mesh used to repair his hernia, alleging the device was defective and caused infections. The lawsuit was filed against C.R. Bard, maker of surgical mesh and other medical devices. The man claims that shortly after surgery his pain became worse and his surgical site became infected. He underwent a second surgery, where surgeons found that the problem stemmed from the mesh dislodging and eroding. Surgical mesh is a woven fabric used for chest wall reconstruction, strengthening tissues, providing for support for internal organs, and treating surgical or traumatic wounds. The fabric ... Read More

Researchers say it’s too soon to rule out cancer risk with corroding metal hip implants

The BBC announced this week that there is no evidence to suggest that metal-on-metal hip implants cause cancer, but a new study shows that DNA damage could occur if metal debris from the implant gets into the bloodstream, which can ultimately result in medical complications including cancer. The BBC based its decision on a study that found that patients with metal-on-metal hip implants did not have a higher rate of cancer than the general population or patients with artificial hips made with other materials. The study spanned up to seven years post hip replacement surgery. The study was initiated after ... Read More

Knee, hip replacement surgery puts older adults at risk for heart attack

People who are older than 60 who undergo knee or hip replacement surgery are at risk of having a heart attack in the weeks immediately following surgery, a new study shows. One in 200 older patients experience a heart attack in the six weeks following hip surgery, and 1 in 500 experience a heart attack in the six weeks following knee surgery. Elderly patients over the age of 80 are at greater risk. The study does not prove the surgeries cause heart attacks, but doctors speculate the stress of undergoing surgery and the disruption of the flow of blood and oxygen ... Read More

Study confirms high impact activities are harder on artificial hips

People who return to high impact sports following hip replacement surgery enjoy a higher quality of life, but their device generally fails faster than less active patients due to wear and tear, according to a study published recently in the journal Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. A growing number of people who undergo hip replacement surgery want to get back to high impact activities such as jogging or soccer as soon as possible, and doctors often make recommendations to their patients about choosing lower impact activities. But no study has confirmed whether these activities affect the lifespan of hip implants. ... Read More

Researchers aim to develop safer artificial hip

For young, active patients in need of hip replacement surgery, the recommended hip implant used to be ones made of all-metal construction. These artificial hips involved a metal ball-and-socket interface – where the artificial head of the femur moves within the artificial socket of the pelvis. Because they were made of metal, they were thought to be more durable than traditional ceramic-and-metal or plastic-and-metal implants. But in the past decade since the all-metal hips were introduced, the construction appears to be flawed. The metal surfaces can wear against each other, causing premature failure and potential blood poisoning when bits of ... Read More

Generic Testim will carry same black box warning as brand name

Watson Laboratories Inc. has filed an application to market a generic version of Auxilium Pharmaceuticals’ testosterone gel, Testim. Last year, the testosterone-containing treatment generated revenues of $207.9 million for Auxillium. Testim is a prescription, topical gel that is applied to the shoulders and upper arms of men. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 to treat low testosterone. In 2009, the FDA announced that it was ordering the manufacturers of Testim and another testosterone gel, AndroGel, to include a boxed warning on the Testim 1% and AndroGel 1% labels. The agency required this action after ... Read More

Women should consider benefits vs. risks before transvaginal mesh surgery

When considering surgery for pelvic floor repairs including stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, one should take a serious look at the surgical mesh device that will be used, says Dr. Lesley K. Carr, a urologist at Sunnybrook Health Services Center and an associate professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Surgery. Synthetic mesh is commonly used in surgery to shore up organs that may have dropped, or prolapsed, due to obesity, childbirth or age. These tension-free vaginal tapes revolutionized the management of urinary incontinence by allowing a minimally invasive approach to surgery that could be performed under ... Read More

Woman joins class action lawsuit against makers of transvaginal mesh

From the moment Carol Kouyomjian woke after surgery to treat the embarrassing symptoms of urinary incontinence, the pain radiating down her legs was unbearable. “If the pain scale runs from 1-10, mine was a 12. My legs were literally vibrating,” she told CTV News. “I never had this before, nothing so bad that you could just sit down and cry. You don’t know what is going on with your body.” Carol’s leg pain became so bad she was unable to stand for very long and had to quit her nursing job. Many women like Carol suffer from urinary incontinence. It ... Read More

Consumers Union pressures Congress to strengthen medical device approval laws

Consumers Union, an advocacy group associated with Consumer Reports, is recommending that Congress strengthen laws to approve medical devices to better ensure public safety. The call-to-action is part of a push by Consumers Union to pressure Congress about weak federal oversight that has led to the approval of medical devices before they had been tested for safety and efficacy. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process for medical devices came under fire after DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, issued a worldwide recall of an all-metal artificial hip. The devices were failing at a higher than expected ... Read More

Unnecessary surgeries were performed for profit and promotion, whistleblower lawsuit alleges

A whistleblower lawsuit filed against The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s (UPMC) Hamot campus under the False Claims Act accuses the hospital and five cardiologists of defrauding Medicare and a number of patients by participating in a kickback scheme from 2001 to 2005 that involved performing unneeded heart operations. According to Pennsylvania’s Erie Times-News, “The suit claims the doctors, part of Medicor Associates Inc., performed unnecessary surgical procedures to make more money for themselves and Hamot and to promote the development of a cardiovascular surgery program at Hamot.” The lawsuit also contends that “Hamot overbilled Medicare in exchange for referrals ... Read More