What usually alarms the recipients of defective hip implants is the development of metallosis, which is commonly known as metal poisoning, medical experts say. Unfortunately, this complication from metal-on-metal devices has been associated with DePuy Orthopaedic, a business unit of Johnson and Johnson.In fact, metallosis is mentioned prominently in the present batch of 8,000 lawsuits filed against the company. There are compensatory damage claims that were being filed amid allegations of metallosis and the risks it bring to the men and women who have them.
Metallosis is a form of metal poisoning triggered by the increase of number of tiny metal particles being shred off artificial hip devices. Because these metallic shards slip into the blood stream, it has become a common side effect of some metal-on-metal hip implants which wear down in the body and leave behind metal shavings.
The indications that one is suffering from metallosis include pain and inflammation within the affected area, rash or redness and difficulty of movement.
Some medical expert says that the accumulated metal particles in the body may also cause cancer, and cardiac or neurological disorder. To know more about related cases, check the DePuy Recall News Center at www.depuyrecallnewscenter.com
Vaginal and bladder mesh devices have been marketed with significant benefits to women suffering from severe cases of POP and SUI, medical experts say. However, an increasing number of patients, whose lives have been greatly affected by complications from the use of these implants, have been reportedly seeking the assistance of a bladder sling recall attorney in their legal course.
It did not take long until 1999 that the first major device maker of surgical meshes reached the decision pulling their products off the market because of safety concerns linked to their device. Boston Scientific, the creator of Protegen Vaginal Sling reportedly removed the product from the market in 1999, and recalled their Pinnacle Pelvic Floor Repair Kit in 2011, due to high failure rates and mechanical reasons, respectively.
Sales of ObTape, a vaginal sling which was released into the market in 2003 by Mentor Corporation, was also reportedly discontinued in 2006. Ethicon, a J&J’s unit, has also expressed their decision to end sales of their Prolift, Prolift+ M, TVT Secur and Prosima vaginal meshes, which is anticipated to fully halt at the first quarter of 2013.
When a person has already developed osteoarthritis, there is a tendency for the person to experience unbearable pains on the affected joints. One of the factors why osteoarthritis-stricken patients rely on surgical procedure is to get rid of the source of the pain and replace it with an artificial device such as the DePuy ASR hip implants. Unfortunately,it is facing about 8,000 DePuy hip lawsuits after being reported as defective.
Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that usually affects the cartilage. The cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of the bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over each other and helps absorb the shock movement. What osteoarthritis does is that the top layer of the cartilage breaks down and wears away.
What is being frequently asked by patients who have osteoarthritis is how they can effectively manage their condition without significantly affecting their normal daily activities or can they live with the chronic osteoarthritis pain and get their symptoms under control and still live a productive life?
Here are some suggestions which offer the best chance for successfully managing osteoarthritis pain.
Recognize early symptoms of osteoarthritis. Its important to recognize and pay attention to any new symptoms a person is experiencing. Secondly, consult a doctor whom the patient really trust. Third, be compliant with your treatment plan, Fourth, exercise decrease pain. And lastly is eat well and maintain ideal weight.
The susceptibility of women to be diagnosed with osteoporosis or stress fracture risk may be mitigated by adequate vitamin D supplementation, medical experts say, citing a new evidence from a recent study. This further evidence that adds potential benefits to the sunshine vitamin which may also minimize potential risks from osteoporosis treatment, such as, Fosamax-related atypical fractures resulting in class action litigations.
The study authors noted that girls who had a large intake of vitamin D on average had a 51 percent higher chance of avoiding stress fractures compared to girls with lower average intakes. This independent finding supports the evidence shown by other studies conducted from the Institute of Medicine and others published on the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.
Researchers noted that among the 6,712 pre-adolescent and adolescent girls who participated in the seven year study, about 3.9 percent developed stress fractures, particularly those who had a low average vitamin D intake.
While it was noted that dairy and calcium intake did not influence overall resistance to osteoporosis, osteopenia, and fractures, vitamin D was associated with significant decrease in fracture risk.
Numerous medical reports from Zoloft patients, in addition to research studies, consistently show that the drug may bring more harm than benefits. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released several public health advisories saying that Zoloft side effects may increase suicidal thoughts and behavior, and may also cause birth defects to babies.
Other reported Zoloft side effects include sexual dysfunction, psychosis, delusion, hallucination, memory loss, sleeping problems, eating disorders, abnormal personality changes, unusual mood shifts, irritability, hostility, self-harm and other acts of violence.
People battling depression should know that these side effects can severely affect themselves and their families as well. Thus, a professional medical guidance is needed in treating depression.
For Florida resident Jaimie Simon, who filed a Stryker hip recall lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Broward County, Florida on September 4, 2012, he has had enough. He is now seekingStryker hip settlements for injuries he suffered after implantation with the Stryker Rejuvenate hip device.
According to Simon, he went through total hip replacement surgery on his right hip on September 12, 2011. He was implanted with the Stryker Rejuvenate hip device.
After the surgery, the plaintiff claims he suffered significant discomfort in the area of the implant. His hip muscles and bones were corroded by the devices, which had to be removed by surgery, the lawsuit says. Both also had tumor-like formations near the device.
Blood testing further revealed the presence of heavy metal ion contamination. Because of these findings, Simon went through revision surgery on September 10, 2012. During the surgery, fretting and corrosion of the device was confirmed, as was the presence of a large pseudo tumor.
Post-marketing reports, however, indicated that the metal stem and neck components were wearing against one another and depositing tiny shards of metal ions into the surrounding tissue of the joint. This metallic contamination might then cause inflammation, pseudo-tumors, tissue death, and implant failure.
Sertraline, more popularly known by its brand name Zoloft, is an antidepressant drug normally prescribed for the treatment of depression and certain mental health disorders, medical experts say. As it has reportedly emerged as one of the most widely prescribed antidepressants in the United States, it has also been reported to cause certain adverse effects in babies, instigating a series of injury lawsuits due to Zoloft birth defects from some mothers who may have taken the antidepressant during pregnancy.
Despite the risk of side effects from psychiatric medications, the consequences of forgoing depression treatment may just be as potentially detrimental, according to medical experts. A new study may uphold such notion as its findings reveal that babies born to mothers who had untreated depression demonstrated delayed ability in learning their native language. On the other hand, babies whose mothers received drug treatment through commonly prescribed class of antidepressant drugs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs) during gestation showed signs of accelerated ability to attune to their native language. Examples of SSRI antidepressants include Prozac, Celexa, and Zoloft.
A total hip replacement is a surgical procedure which removes the diseased hip bone and substitutes it with artificial parts. The Johnson & Johnson was later force to prompt the DePuy hip replacement recall due to the data that about 12 percent of ASR patients had to have to undergo a corrective surgery due to its product’s higher-than-normal failure rate in 2010. However, there are other risks factors that may bring about hip replacement’s high failure rate, and one of those is the reactions of smoking cigarettes after hip replacement surgery, health professionals say.
The possibility of developing blood clots in the lower extremities are high, after hip replacement procedure. These blood clots may potentially reach to the lungs. The prospect of developing blood clots is higher if a hip replacement patient smokes. Smoking decreases the amount of oxygen that reaches the cells in your surgical wound. A potential risk of infection may occur due to the wound’s slow healing process. Smokers may also suffer from heart and lung problems. Your body, heart and lungs are still at risk even if hip replacement goes smoothly.
Osteoporosis is widely alleviated with alendronate sodium generic called Fosamax, a classification of the bisphosphonate drug. Because of the gathered information relating critical bisphosphoonate side effects, Fosamax lawsuit claim is increasing some states. Several claims affirmed by the patients are about the experience of pain and strange complication of the jaw bones. Even if Fosamax seems to be effective with most of the patients, it is beneficial to be conscious of the dangers being linked with bisphosphonates.
Osteonecrosis is an uncommon disease exhibiting pain and apparent swelling of the bone.A large number of individuals are cancer patients who went through chemotherapy are noted to have also acquired osteonecrosis.It is important to note that bisphosphonate is also expended in metastasizing cancer cells in the bones.
Fosamax as an oral variant of bisphosphonates prescribed for osteoporosis is believed to have caused the mentioned osteonecrosis side effect.News records observed osteonecrosis to be evident right after a patient prescribed with Fosamax have undergone dental operation.
Before having any dental treatments, it is important to ask for your physician’s advice about your Fosamax prescription.Another option is for you complete your tooth procedures ahead and only take bisphosphonate after all endodontic concerns are clear.
Stryker, an orthopaedic implant manufacturer, voluntarily pulled out from the market two modular-neck hip stems last July 6, 2012. These are the Rejuvenate Modular and the ABG II modular-neck hip stems. Before the recall, the company released an urgent safety alert in April 2012 which discussed about the probable bad effects of their hip implants. Court charges may be filed against the company, legal specialists say. In fact, the first lawsuit was filed on August 8, 2012 in New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County. Potential plaintiffs may refer to www.strykerhiprecall.us for legal guidance and more information on Stryker hip recall.
About 20,000 of the recalled implants were sold in the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has collected more than 60 adverse reports on the Stryker devices, reports say.
The FDA released a statement saying that Stryker recalled the implants after the release of a post-market surveillance outcomes. The data showed a high risk of “fretting and/or corrosion” which may lead to tissue damages and metallosis. Metallosis is due to the presence of metal parts in the body’s bloodstream. It may lead to hip joint damage, bone failure, pseudotumors and pain.