UCLA officials have failed to warn the public about complaints of inappropriate sexual conduct against a gynecologist, according to a Los Angeles Times news report. According to the article, as far back in June 2017, a married mother of four alleged that UCLA gynecologist Dr. James Mason Heaps improperly touched her genitals, fondled her breast and buttock and made sexual remarks during the exam. She reported the conduct to UCLA in December of 2017. UCLA’s actions have now come under scrutiny after criminal charges were announced against Heap on June 10. …Read the rest »
Category: Medical Malpractice
Twelve patients have suffered serious illnesses after getting injections, which contained stem cells from umbilical cord blood, the New York Times reports. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to California-based Genetech, the company that made the blood products these patients were given. The patients who became ill had been given injections to their knees, shoulders or spines to treat painful conditions such as arthritis. …Read the rest »
A state judge in Pennsylvania has ordered a new trial in a vaginal mesh lawsuit brought by a woman alleging that Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon’s TVT-Secur caused her severe injuries. According to a report on Mass Devices, the jury had previously ruled that TVT-Secur device was defective in design and that the company did not properly warn pelvic floor surgeons of the risks of using the device. However, the same jury also determined that neither the warnings nor the defect caused the plaintiff’s injuries. …Read the rest »
They say beauty is pain, but how much pain is too much?
The plastic surgery industry is a billion-dollar business that continues to grow day by day. People line up for free consultations to look and feel better about themselves. What is not often publicized though is the plastic surgery dangers that follow a procedure. Some people looking to make minor changes on their face or body end up having major health or physical deformities, which begs the question of is plastic surgery safe?
Here’s more on how plastic surgery risks and complications can leave you with ugly results. …Read the rest »
The UK government has ordered the suspension of transvaginal mesh surgeries to avoid the risk of life-changing injuries to women. According to an article in the Guardian, the government has accepted that the use of vaginal mesh implants to treat complications after childbirth should be stopped right away to prevent the threat of injury and serious side effects to women. It would essentially stop these surgeries in government-run NHS hospitals. This decision follows an independent inquiry ordered in February, which determined that the surgery must not be performed until steps have been taken to mitigate risks to patients. …Read the rest »
Medical device manufacturer C.R. Bard has been ordered to pay $35 million in punitive damages to a woman who has blamed her injuries on the company’s vaginal mesh implants. According to a Bloomberg news report, the punitive damages handed down April 13 in New Jersey brings to $68 million the amount that Bard must pay to the plaintiffs, Mary McGinnis and her husband. McGinnis said the Bard vaginal mesh inserts, which are designed to support sagging pelvic organs and address incontinence issues, were defective and left her in a state of chronic pain. …Read the rest »
An Atlanta woman is reportedly suffering chronic, excruciating pain that has made it difficult for her to perform everyday activities from walking and using the toilet to having sex after surgical mesh used to treat a hernia tore her pelvic nerve. According to a news report in The Daily Mail, the strong painkillers 36-year-old Amy Whitaker took in order to numb that pain erased memories of her children. As she suffered, Whitaker’s parents took out two mortgages to help Whitaker and her husband care for their children. …Read the rest »
Vaginal mesh implants should not be used to treat pelvic organ prolapse, according to the United Kingdom’s health watchdog group. The Independent reports that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) has ruled that evidence for the long-term efficacy of treating pelvic organ prolapse with transvaginal mesh implants is “inadequate in quality and quantity.” This decision mirrors Australia’s recent decision to ban mesh implants specifically to treat prolapse declaring them too risky and riddled with horrific side effects. …Read the rest »
The family of 15-year-old Yunique Morris is alleging that a Stockton hospital’s negligence caused their daughter’s sudden death from blood clots. According to a KTLA news report, Yunique was a healthy, active student and cheerleader at Weston Ranch High School. Two years ago, the teen complained of ongoing chest pain and was seen by her doctor at San Joaquin General Hospital. …Read the rest »
Use of the Da Vinci Surgical System has quadrupled in the last four years, according to a recent Los Angeles Times article. Da Vinci is a multi-purpose robot with four metal and plastic arms that can lend a hand with surgeries including heart bypass, hysterectomies and prostate removal.
It is important to understand that this robot is not actually performing the surgery. It is only mirroring the movements of the surgeon’s hands. But according to Dr. Marty Makary, a surgeon at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the robot is more of a marketing tool to attract patients and doesn’t really do much to improve the quality of care.
The disturbing fact is that 12 years after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved the Da Vinci, there is still no industry standard for training and credentialing doctors to use the robot, beyond a basic course by manufacturer. This leaves patients wondering as to whether their surgeon is experienced enough to perform the surgery using a robot.
Many Da Vinci lawsuits claim that hospitals allow surgeons without sufficient experience to use the robots. Some surgeons and hospital officials say the robots are being overused, even when there is no clear benefit.