When you have surgery, you have expectations. You expect that when you go into the operating room, they’ll put the IV in your arm, the mask over your face, that you’ll blackout while counting backwards from 10. You expect to wake up in a well-lit room, warm, with a morphine pump in your hand to ward off the pain.
What would you do if you woke up still in the O.R., still with the mask on your face, able to feel your doctor performing your surgery? It’s a gruesome thought. One that could haunt your nightmares if you think about it too long. But it’s a scenario that’s not far off for some patients.
Continue reading “There’s No Minor Surgery”
With extraordinary advancements in healthcare, a wide range of medical devices continue to “escape scrutiny on their path to the American market,” as reported by Time Magazine in reference to the latest documentary released by Netflix in July 2018, The Bleeding Edge. From cobalt-based hip replacements to vaginal mesh, surgical robotics, prosthetic limbs and pacemakers, complex, new-age devices are promoted, despite lax testing requirements and clinical trials. Consequently, devices that are “new,” not proven, have harmed both physicians and patients. Continue reading “Medical Devices: “New” Is Not Proven”
Osteoarthritis affects millions of people every day. It causes swelling and stiffening of joints and cartilage, making any movement painful. Though it can affect a younger person, there’s a greater chance of developing it after the age of 60.
Approximately 27-30 million Americans have osteoarthritis; for about half of those people, it affects their knees. Developing a treatment for it is crucial for many of those individuals, since the traditional treatment alone – taking an anti-inflammatory medication – wasn’t cutting it. Continue reading “Knee Injections That Harm Instead of Heal”
Electing to undergo a permanent birth control procedure is a major decision, and one that you trust will be both effective and safe. Today, there are birth control options that involve implanted medical devices or products that prevent pregnancy. While it can be upsetting when any type of medical product fails, one that involves an implanted birth control device can result in complications that are especially serious. Sadly, thousands of women have reportedly suffered devastating side effects from a permanent birth control device called Essure. Stated complications include chronic pelvic pain, autoimmune responses, ectopic pregnancy, migraines and even death. Continue reading “Essure: You May Have a Claim”
The call comes during dinner. It’s unexpected; your mom doesn’t usually call at this time. “Dad’s on the way to the ER,” she says. “It’s his heart.”
The rest of the conversation is a blur as you start a mental list of what you need to pack to go. It’s a good hospital; his cardiologist is there, you think to yourself. Medical knowledge and devices are so far advanced from where they were when your grandmother died of heart failure. He’ll be okay. But when you get to the hospital, you find out he’s not. Your father died while they were operating. Continue reading “Cardiac Device Malfunctions Can Be Deadly”
More and more often, kids are diagnosed with a peanut, egg, or other allergy that causes swelling of the airway. In mild cases, a child may be able to take benadryl and be okay, but at any time, the allergy could turn deadly. For this reason, doctors prescribe an emergency dose of epinephrine in a one shot injection, to be carried with the patient in case of accidental exposure.
The name brand of this injection is Epi-Pen or Epi-Pen Jr, which contains a smaller dose for children. Adults and children alike rely on this device to halt the deadly condition known as anaphylactic shock (when an allergic reaction causes the airway to swell shut.) Continue reading “Allergy Alerts!”
Your heart pumps life through your veins, delivering oxygen and nutrients to each organ and system. You live to the beat of your heart, and when it stops, so do you. For some people, the cessation of the heartbeat or an irregular rhythm is an issue that can be corrected through surgery alone, yet others need the implantation of a device like a pacemaker. Whether you need corrective or implant surgery, you have to trust your surgeon and you also have to trust the manufacturer of the medical device. Continue reading “Medtronic Recalls Heart Function Equipment”
In 2015, Medtronic, a medical equipment supplier, recalled a line of their surgical staplers for failing to fire or firing incompletely.
Surgical staplers typically sever blood vessels and simultaneously staple both ends closed. If the stapler misfires, the severed blood vessel may bleed uncontrollably.
Continue reading “Could A Stapler Be Harmful For Your Health”
Faulty insulin infusion sets have been identified due to an error in which a vent membrane gets blocked with fluid. The membrane is intended to release pressure inside the pump. But when it blocked, it resulted in excessive doses of insulin.
The risk of getting a high insulin dose is greatest when the infusion set is changed out.
Fortunately, this flaw hasn’t resulted in any fatalities. Affected individuals noticed that their blood sugar was way too low and took action to counter it. Continue reading “Medtronic Diabetes Infusion Sets Recalled, FDA Reports”
A weight-loss procedure involving inserting a silicone balloon into the stomach has been associated with five deaths within the past year.
According to the FDA, Orbera Intragastric Balloon System and ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System were linked to the five deaths. Continue reading “FDA Issues Safety Alert on Balloon Surgery for Obesity Treatment”