Power morcellators have been the subject of many discussions, both medical and scientific, for several years. However, many people are unsure what exactly morcellators are, how they work, and why they could be dangerous.
Q: What is the basic use of a power morcellator?
A: Power morcellators are small enough to be held and are comprised of a long, hollow cylinder and sharp edges. These sharp jaws are used to remove uterine fibroids and the cylinder suctions out the tissue.
Q: What exactly are Uterine Fibroids?
A: Uterine fibroids are an often noncancerous growth on the muscle tissue of a uterus, sometimes known to host undetected cancerous cells.
Q: What are the two types of fibroid removal?
A: Someone receiving a myomectomy will have the fibroids removed one at a time, while someone receiving a hysterectomy is having all or part of their uterus removed.
Q: What is the potential danger associated with Morcellators nowadays?
A: If the person having fibroid removal via morcellator has undetected cancer, the morcellator will spread the cancer cells around the abdomen, promoting the growth of further cancerous cells.
In surgeries to remove fibroids before the invention of morcellators, doctors would’ve had to make an incision that ranged from three to seven inches and required longer recovery time. In these cases, the fibroids or uterus were removed intact and the spread of cancer was significantly lowered because the fibroids weren’t opened.
Despite the fact that morcellators have been in recall for the past two years, many people still use them. If you’ve experienced new or aggravated forms of uterine cancer following a myomectomy or hysterectomy with a morcellator, you may have a legal option in receiving compensation. Contact an attorney with Williams Kherkher at (888) 220-0640 for more information.
Though many people have hailed the antipsychotic drug Risperdal as beneficial, there is a dark side to the drug, from unfortunate side effects to the people who covered them up.
Risperdal has been marketed to aid in three main disorders: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and autism in children. The drug’s hidden side effects, though, put manufacturers in hot water. Risperdal is effective in treating the symptoms of the three conditions mentioned but at the cost of increased prolactin hormone levels in the brain, which controls milk production. The increase of this hormone results in gynecomastia, which causes breast enlargement in men.
The long-term use of Risperdal puts male autistic teenagers (anyone aged from 10 to 20) at an increased risk for developing breast tissue and those that do will experience a nearly 15% increased risk of sexual dysfunction. An autistic man from Alabama who had been taking Risperdal for 12 years, since he was eight, had developed 44D-size breasts and decided to sue Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, winning $2.5 million.
A lot of the resounding criticism came from how Janssen had chosen to market the drug. Johnson & Johnson, the parent company of Janssen, faced a slew of lawsuits concerning Medicaid fraud and marketing the drug for off-label use. The company had to settle with the U.S. Department of Justice over the matter in 2013, paying $2.2 billion.
If you’ve faced significant amounts of stress or emotional anguish due to the side effects of Risperdal, you may have legal recourse through the attorneys of Williams Kherkher. Contact us at (888) 220-0640 to learn how we may be able to help you.
This past Saturday, October 1, 2016, members of the Williams Kherkher team joined more than 15,000 other Houstonians in Sam Houston Park for the 26th Annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, which kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness month. It was very inspiring to see so many survivors out there raising awareness for the cure. Here are a few pics of the WK family at the race!
Williams Kherkher Team members participate in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Williams Kherkher team members pose at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event!
Williams Kherkher participates in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Although proponents for morcellators argue that they are overall beneficial to the medical community, several reports of women developing uterine cancers cannot be ignored.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued no involuntary recalls on the item but they have released reports and warnings in relation to the suspected harmful effects of morcellator use. Though Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon issued a recall of the item, it was voluntary and some of their morcellators have a high possibility of still being in use.
Multiple lawsuits have been brought up against the pharmaceutical giant in regards to their morcellators:
- In Pennsylvania on March 2014, a man filed his suit in memory of his 53-year-old wife, who had died a mere year after her hysterectomy done with a power morcellator. She had developed uterine cancer.
- In New York, a woman diagnosed with occult uterine leiomyosarcoma, which dramatically shortened her projected lifespan, filed a suit claiming she had developed cancer following a hysterectomy in which a power morcellator was used.
- In Florida, another hysterectomy patient experienced the spread of endometrial stromal sarcoma, which she had previously been unaware of.
The claims all include accusations that the companies failed to create safe devices and knew of these shortcomings and released them to the public with little warning anyway.
If your cancer has spread due to morcellator use, learn more about how you can alleviate financial burdens through legal means. Speak with morcellator attorneys of Williams Kherkher, by calling (888) 220-0640.
Common side effects of the drug Risperdal are varied and may include:
- Nausea, movement disorder, rhinitis, muscle contractions, dizziness, anxiety, drowsiness, agitation, constipation, and weight gain.
If any of the following side effects occur while you are taking Risperdal, alternatively known as risperidone, consult a physician immediately:
- Anxiety; aggressive behavior; blurry vision; difficulty concentrating or memory problems; difficulty speaking and swallowing; difficulty to move the eyes; increased urination; imbalance; muscle spasms of the face, neck, and back; weakness; shuffling walk; stiffness of arms and legs; twitching movements; shaking of the fingers and hands; sleeplessness
Minor side effects not needing medical attention include:
- Constipation, cough, diarrhea, dry mouth, headache, heartburn, increased dreams, nausea, sleepiness, sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, unusual tiredness, and weight gain
To learn more about the damages that Risperdal can cause, contact a compassionate and experienced Risperdal lawyer from Williams Kherkher. If you suffered through serious symptoms as the result of Risperdal, you may be eligible for some compensation. Discuss your situation with us today by calling (888) 220-0640.
The orally disintegrating Risperdal tablet (Risperdal M-Tabs) should only be taken as precisely prescribed by a physician. In conjuncture with doctor directions, follow those on the prescription label—do not take more or less than the recommended dose.
In taking the tablet, open the blister package, peel back the foil, remove the tablet, and place it in the mouth. Do not swallow or chew the full tablet. Let it dissolve, with water if preferable. If you missed a dose and you have a while until your next scheduled dose, you can take the dose then. Do not take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose. If you overdose, seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Risperdal has the chance to affect thinking or reaction time, so take extra caution before engaging in driving or anything that requires alertness. Avoid rising too fast to prevent dizziness. Try to move slower to prevent falling.
If you have been prescribed Risperdal for symptoms not pertaining to schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or, occasionally, autism and have faced life-altering side effects, contact an attorney with Williams Kherkher at (888) 220-0640.
There have been numerous reports of individuals suffering continued pain after having shoulder replacement surgery with shoulder replacement devices. These metal devices are implanted in place of the existing bone shoulder joint components. However, these companies’ devices have a demonstrable link to serious side effects, such as:
- Bone Damage
- Metal Toxicity
In addition to these side effects, which are typically caused by the implant’s defective design, patients who have had shoulder replacement surgery continue to feel pain in the area they were trying to have treated in the first place. These people must now have yet another surgery to revise the new problems created by their shoulder replacement implant.
If your shoulder is still in pain after a shoulder replacement surgery that used an implant, you may be a victim of their faulty design. A shoulder implant lawsuit attorney from Williams Kherkher may be able to help you hold the implant’s manufacturer accountable for the pain and medical expenses you’ve been forced to endure. Call (888) 220-0640 to learn more.
There is a significant decrease in the use of power morcellators after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning that the tissue chopped by morcellators could contain cancerous cells and may spread throughout the abdominal cavity.
Since the FDA released its new guidelines, the rate of new minimally invasive hysterectomies using power morcellators has been declining. In 2013, 14 percent of minimally invasive hysterectomies were performed using morcellators. The number dropped to just three percent in 2015.
Despite the advisory, some doctors still support the use of morcellators. Women need to be aware of the risks that morcellation carries.
If you have undergone a medical procedure involving a power morcellator and have developed cancer in the process, speak with the Morcellator lawsuit lawyers at Williams Kherkher by calling (800) 220-9341 and learn how to assert your rights and to hold negligent parties responsible.
The PneumoLiner, a tissue container bag to be used in morcellator procedures, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The device is comprised of a containment bag and tube-like plunger that delivers the device to the abdominal cavity. Removed tissue will be placed in the bag and sealed to prevent the spread of cancerous cells.
About 1 in 350 estimated women that undergo a hysterectomy or myomectomy due to fibroids may have undetected uterine cancer. The FDA still warns against the dangers of morcellators, but is allowing the use of the PneumoLiner when the uterine tissue is not suspected to be cancerous, only for women without uterine fibroids being treated with a hysterectomy, and for some pre-menopausal women with fibroids who are still hoping to have children.
William Maisel, M.D., M.P.H., deputy director for science and chief scientist at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), said in a statement, “We want to be clear that, although the device has been shown to successfully contain morcellated tissue, it has not been proven to reduce the risk of cancer spread during surgery.”
If you have faced complications from a morcellator treatment and are looking for legal options, contact the attorneys of Williams Kherkher at (800) 220-9341.
As of March 15, 2016, there are about 31 pending morcellator lawsuits filed by women who had hysterectomies or uterine fibroid removal against J&J’s Ethicon unit before Judge Kathryn H. Vratil in Kansas, according to the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.
In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a warning that about 1 in 350 women had an undiagnosed uterine cancer that could be spread by the surgical device. Lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Ethicon claim the devices are defective and that the company knew about the possibility of spreading cancer but failed to warn the public. J&J claimed that their morcellators have always included cautions in their instruction for use about the potential spread of malignant tissue. J&J is already in talks to settle more of its cases. Individual settlements differ based on the specific injuries and circumstances of the case, but so far, the range of each settlement runs from $100,000 to about $1 million, according to Wall Street Journal.
If you have suffered from the aggressive growth of cancer after undergoing a medical procedure that made use of a power morcellator, please speak with our lawyers at Williams Kherkher. Call us today at (800) 220-9341 to learn more about your rights.
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