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Bad Infection After Knee Or Hip Replacement Surgery?

If you suffered a serious infection following a knee or hip replacement, you may have a defective medical device claim.  The Law Office of Jean Sutton Martin PLLC is investigating claims of patients who developed MRSA, sepsis and other bad infections as a result of the use of a warming blanket during hip or knee replacement surgery.

Current Investigation: Zimmer Persona Knee Replacements

The Law Office of Jean Sutton Martin PLLC is cuurently investigating legal claims on behalf of those who have suffered complications as a result of the Zimmer Persona Knee Implant.  This defective medical device was recalled by the FDA in March 2015.  The Zimmer Persona knee replacement recall was due to complaints of loosening.  Symptoms of loosening can be: knee pain, loss of range of motion, difficulty walking, instability and popping.

Morcellator Cancer Lawsuit Settled Before Trial

Another important medical device injury lawsuit has settled before trial.  The first federal lawsuit filed against the makers of power morcellators alleging a risk of spreading cancer in women has been settled.   The lawsuit had been brought on behalf of Scott Burkart whose wife, Donna, died from an aggressive uterine cancer, diagnosed days after having a hysterectomy using a power morcellator.  This case was expected to be the first to go to trial.

J&J Loses Another Pelvic Mesh Case

A California jury has awarded Coleen Perry $5.7 million for the injuries and damages she suffered as the result of a Johnson & Johnson Abbrevo vaginal mesh implant.  This was the first case involving the Abbrevo implant, but just the latest in losses for manufacturers of pelvic mesh devices.  The jury found that the Abbrevo mesh sling was defective and that J&J failed to properly warn doctors and consumers about the device's defects.

Pelvic Mesh Implants - More Harm Than Good

From 2005 to 2010, there were over 4,000 injuries reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) following the placement of a transvaginal mesh device also called pelvic slings. This surgical mesh is placed through the vagina to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). POP occurs when the tissue and muscles that surround and support the pelvic organs grow weak or stretch. Often this occurs after childbirth.

J&J Withdraws Morcellator Due To Cancer Spread Risk

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has finally heeded the calls and withdrawn from the market its power morcellator used in hysterectomy procedures. This decision came long after the FDA, critics and consumer groups had been saying that the morcellator used in laproscopic hysterectomies raises a risk of spreading cancer cells.

Senators Ask FDA To End Use Of Morcellator Due To Cancer Risk

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Senator Charles Schumer, both of NY, sent a letter to the FDA urging the agency to take power morcellators off of the market due to the increased risk of causing uterine and other cancers. As we have recently reported in this blog, since April, the FDA has been encouraging surgeons not to use the morcellators in laproscopic hysterectomies or surgeries to remove uterine fibroids. Recently, Johnson & Johnson withdrew its power morcellator from the market amid growing concerns that when the morcellator pulverizes uterine tissue, it spreads previously undetected cancer cells within the pelvis and abdomen. We hope that more manufacturers will follow suit, but join Senators Schumer and Gillibrand in urging the FDA to take further action to stop the use of power morcellators because of the cancer risk in women.

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