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Can Morcellators Cause Cancer?

Chances are, if a laparoscopic procedure is possible – that would be the most sought after option. There are many benefits with having a laparoscopic procedure done instead of a traditional one. The incision could be comparable to a paper cut in contrast to the intrusion that a traditional surgical procedure would entail. Thanks to the minimal intrusion, the recovery period would be dramatically reduced. In fact, some people who get laparoscopic surgery have been cleared out of the hospital only hours after the procedure, not weeks.

Procedures like this, however, do not come without risks. There is significant evidence, provided by claims cited on the website of Williams Kherkher Law Firm, that morcellators have been linked to women acquiring endometrial cancer after their hysterectomy procedures.

A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of a woman’s uterus. Usually, these are done for purposes that are not, necessarily, life threatening. There is quite the debate between women who have that this procedure done who are now either pleased with the outcome or in a state of absolute regret due to having had it done. It can be reason enough for regret if this procedure has caused cancer.

Morcellators are surgical devices used for laparoscopic surgeries. There is a claw-like attachment at the end of it that allows for it to morcellate the noncancerous growth (otherwise known as grinding it to pieces) and then attaching meat, then suctioning it out through the tube. The morcellators manufactured by Johnson and Johnson have been recalled after numerous claims that state that it was the use of this device that had caused for the women to develop cancer.

If you or someone you know has gotten cancer due to a link with morcellators made by Johnson and Johnson, it is recommended that experienced legal help is sought in order to be represented justly and with the fullest extent of the law, all the while having the case and the victim to be cared for by capable, compassionate hands.

Xarelto and Uncontrolled Bleeding

Anticoagulants are an important part of health maintenance for patients with medical conditions that promote the formation of potentially harmful blood clots such as atrial fibrillation. Unfortunately, as pointed out on the website of Williams Kherkher, anticoagulants such as Xarelto (rivaroxaban) can be dangerous to the very people they are meant to save by thinning the blood too much that it results in uncontrollable bleeding.

There have been efforts made to find a reversal agent for Xarelto and other drugs of the direct factor Xa (10-a) inhibitor (xaban) class of anticoagulants that cause copious and irreversible bleeding. According to the August 2014 issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery, however, the blood thinning effects of Xarelto in particular has been found to be harder to reverse than other xabans. This is a big problem for doctors, especially when the bleeding occurs in the brain because it can result in permanent damage even after the bleeding has stopped.

Xarelto was originally approved for US distribution by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the prevention of post-surgical blood clot formation following a hip or knee replacement procedure. It was designed for short-term use; in most adverse events reported, the patient had been taking Xarelto for at least a year. This was mostly due to it being prescribed for atrial fibrillation, which it had later been approved for by the FDA, and it is with prolonged use that patients typically experience serious side effects.

Before it became known that Xarelto had the potential for bleeding that was particularly difficult to stop, it had been widely prescribed as an alternative to the standard anticoagulant drug warfarin and the newer Pradaxa (dabigatran), and brought in more than $800 million in US sales in 2013 and that the anticoagulant medication market exceeds $10 billion a year. That’s a lot of prescriptions that could mean serious harm to a lot of people.

If you have experienced serious side effects from taking Xarelto, you may want to consider taking legal action. Consult a Xarelto lawyer to be one of the first to sue the responsible parties for compensation for costs associated with your medical treatment, pain and suffering.

Surprising Consequences of Risperdal Use

Gynecomastia is the development of breasts in males that is most common at birth, during puberty, and in elderly men. It is thought to be caused by a hormonal imbalance that commonly occurs during these stages in male development. In pubertal males, it can persist for up to two years. This is called physiologic gynecomastia.

However, a male patient can develop man-boobs as a result of certain medications. Among the most well-known medications with gynecomastia as a side effect is Risperdal, generically risperdone, an atypical antipsychotic drug approved in the US by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of pediatric and adult schizophrenia, autism, and bipolar disorder.

The manifestation of breasts in Risperdal users is a common side effect, and it is a benign condition. This means that it does not pose health risks for the sufferer as serious as tachycardia, at least not in a physical sense. However, the presence of these breasts can prove to have a significant psychological effect.

It must be noted that Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug; ergo, users have already been diagnosed with a mental disorder and are seeking to achieve a normal mental state with the proper treatment. And, as an article on the National Injury Law Center website points out, since its manufacturer has encouraged the off-label use of Risperdal, its side effects are more widespread than it should have been. Since breasts are primarily associated with females, a male with breasts is certain to come in for or at least dread some ridicule or teasing. This can have a devastating effect on an already fragile emotional state, which in turn can have a profound impact on the mental state.

Risperdal users definitely have larger health issues to contend with than gynecomastia, but it is a manifestation of serious oversight by the drug’s manufacturers. If you developed gynecomastia and other side effects by using Risperdal, you may have recourse to civil litigation to recover any financial and emotional damages. Consult with a product liability lawyer in your area with experience in handling Risperdal claims to find out more.