Another Stryker Hip Recall: LFIT V40

The reputation of medical device manufacturer Stryker Corporation has been called into question in the past, after having to recall two of its metal hip replacement systems in 2012. More recently, the company once again faces criticism and outrage for its negligence in distributing yet another defectively designed hip replacement system. On August 29, 2016, Stryker sent an Urgent Medical Device Recall Notification Letter to all surgeons who implanted the LFIT V40 femoral head as…

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Diabetes Drugs Linked To Causing Pancreatic Cancer

At present, approximately 29.1 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes, and as many as 8.1 million (more) Americans have the disease but have not yet been diagnosed. Perhaps equally as staggering, by the end of this year, about 1.4 million new cases of diabetes will have been diagnosed. According to the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”), diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. People with…

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Compartment Syndrome, Post-Operative Onset

Compartment syndrome is a potentially devastating post-operative complication in which increased pressure results in insufficient blood supply to muscle and nerve tissue within the effected internal space. Causes of compartment syndrome in the post-operative patient include: being left too long in a position during surgery that blocked one or more blood vessels; or, having bandages or casts too tightly applied. This medical condition can arise in response to bleeding and/or swelling in any area of…

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Important Reminders for Personal Injury Plaintiffs

How Can You Help Your Lawyer in a Personal Injury Lawsuit? As a plaintiff in a personal injury matter, you are the most important part of your lawsuit. What you do (or don’t do) matters. Understanding this dynamic and completing key tasks will help your attorney to represent you more effectively. More specifically, during the pendency of your case, it is critically important that you attend to the following: RECORD SUBMISSION – send your attorney…

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Chorioamnionitis

Chorioamnionitis is a serious complication during labor that may result in serious, irreversible injuries to the mother and child at birth.  Affecting approximately 10% of pregnancies, this condition is also known as intra-amniotic infection (IAI).  Chorioamnionitis is characterized by inflammation and infection of the fetal membranes (amnion and chorion) due to a bacterial infection. This intrauterine infection typically occurs when bacteria ascends from the vagina, through the cervix and into the uterus. This condition is…

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Diagnosing Hip Implant Pseudotumors with MARS MRI

The symptoms related to defective metal-on-metal hip implants can be extremely overwhelming for some patients. For many individuals, the device that was supposed to restore their quality of life has instead resulted in pain and immobility. Several of the negative side effects of the metal-on-metal hip implants can be difficult to diagnose. Fortunately, there is now a test available to better monitor and diagnose pseudotumors, a serious condition that often occurs with metal-on-metal hip implants….

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What Does an Intracranial Hypertension Diagnosis Mean for Me?

Many women have been diagnosed with intracranial hypertension (IH) following their implantation of the intrauterine device (IUD), Mirena. In fact, medical literature shows that implantation of Mirena significantly increases the user’s risk of developing IH. In case you are unfamiliar, intracranial hypertension is pressure felt within the skull due to a buildup of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) in the spaces that surround the brain and spinal column. Symptoms indicative of IH include, but are not…

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Incompetent Cervix

An incompetent cervix, also called a cervical insufficiency, is a potentially serious condition of pregnancy that occurs when weak cervical tissue causes or contributes to premature birth or the loss of an otherwise healthy pregnancy. This type of condition has been described by experts as a “diagnostic dilemma”. Because an incompetent cervix can often be difficult to diagnose, physicians should be constantly on the alert for this condition. If there is any suspicion of this…

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants and Metallosis

Metal poisoning occurs when toxic levels of metal build up in the body causing damage to tissues, bones, and the nervous system. One type of metal poisoning, called metallosis, can occur as a side effect of joint replacement surgery using metal components such as those in metal-on-metal hip implants. Medical device manufacturers like Smith & Nephew, Zimmer, DePuy, and Stryker began releasing metal-on-metal hip implants in 2006. Since that time, thousands of individuals have experienced…

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Symptoms Following Mirena; What Testing Do I Need And How Do I Go About Getting It?

Among contraception options available on the market today, one of the most prevalent is the intrauterine device (IUD), Mirena. However, despite its popularity, following implantation of the device, many women have reported experiencing troubling symptoms, some of which include: severe headaches; nausea; peripheral vision changes; papilledema (swelling of the part of the optic nerve inside the eye); and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Development of one or more of these symptoms after having received Mirena…

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