Surgical Errors

Defective Medical Devices: Transvaginal Mesh

Transvaginal mesh (TVM) is used to help women suffering from a prolapsed uterus and/or stress urinary incontinence. These conditions often develop after a woman has given birth, but may also occur after menopause or after a hysterectomy, as well as after certain kinds of trauma. The material is the same that is used to correct [...]

FDA Begins Investigations into Power Morcellators

Women throughout the country undergo hysterectomies and fibroid removals every day. But the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently decided to schedule a panel advisory meeting about power morcellators, a surgical tool used in laparoscopic gynecological surgeries. This comes after the FDA’s warning in April that the use of such tools in the removal [...]

Why Are Doctors Hiding the Truth From Their Patients?

In May of 2007, Esther and Gedalia Applegrad became the proud parents of a baby girl. Their little girl, however, suffered with brain damage and a seizure disorder, which the Applegrads claim is the direct result of mistake made by the doctors. They sued Valley Hospital in Ridgewood for malpractice, and asked the hospital to [...]

Insurance Company Denies Negligence After Surgeon Admits to Fatal Mistake

When a doctor is guilty of medical malpractice, it is his or her insurance company who pays the compensation: it’s why medical malpractice insurance exists. So when a doctor makes a fatal error and admits to it, it seems reasonable to assume that the insurance company would compensate the victim’s family. Unless you’re the sons [...]

What Happened to Joan Rivers?

Celebrities are not immune from the risks of surgery. Their families are not immune from the heartbreak of bad surgical results. When comedy icon Joan Rivers went into cardiac arrest on August 28th, she was reportedly undergoing a procedure on her vocal cords. The vocal cords are delicate instruments, however, and doctors who perform even [...]

Unnecessary Stents May Soon Be Gone

Doctors performing routine angioplasties have long since relied on stents to keep their patients’ arteries open. But a recent study of 144,732 patients at 1,091 hospitals throughout the country by the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes that more than 50% of all stents used during these procedures may not have been necessary after [...]

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