Hysterectomy Device Recalled Amid Cancer Fears

Johnson & Johnson Hysterectomy Device Recalled

Audet & Partners, LLP reports that Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc., a unit of Johnson & Johnson, is voluntarily asking doctors to return a device used in performing hysterectomies in thousands of women.  Ethicon's Morcelex device, used in certain laparoscopic surgeries, has come under FDA scrutiny because of the potential of such devices to spread cancerous fibroids. The class of devices known as morcellation devices, which includes Ethicon's Morcelex device, is used in many hysterectomy procedures to break non-cancerous fibroids into smaller fragments... Read More

Underreported Da Vinci Robot Injuries Lead to More Injured Patients

Underreporting of da Vinci robotic surgeries may be contributing to increased incidence of injury to patients who elect the robotic procedures lacking an accurate understanding of inherent risks. Bloomberg recently published an unsettling news story recently about a 45-year old woman, Sheena Wilson, who underwent da Vinci robotic surgery for a hysterectomy believing it to be safe only to awake from the surgery with serious injuries leaving her disabled. As reported by Bloomberg, Ms. Wilson said if she had known others had... Read More

Mirena IUD Contributing To Rise In Hysterectomy Surgery

Mirena IUD Hysterectomy

Given the increased use of IUDs as a form of long-term birth control, specifically the Mirena IUD, the number of hysterectomies being performed as a result of complications associated with the Mirena IUD are increasing at an alarming rate.  As previously highlighted, serious complications related to the Mirena IUD include migration of the IUD within the body, perforation of the uterine wall by the IUD, and/or embedment of the IUD in other pelvic organs.  Depending upon the severity of the... Read More

Da Vinci Robotic Hysterectomy: Hype vs. Reality

Da Vinci Robot Investor Class Action Lawsuit

Robotic hysterectomy for surgery has become more common over the past three years; however, experts are saying that it is more appropriately suited for complex conditions.  Dr. James Breeden, president of The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a statement reflecting the ACOG’s opinion about robotic surgery for hysterectomy: "While there may be some advantages to the use of robotics in complex hysterectomies, especially for cancer operations that require extensive surgery and removal of lymph nodes, studies have shown... Read More

DaVinci Surgical Robot Misused for Hysterectomies and Other Procedures

Hospitals across the U.S. are increasingly relying on robotic surgery to perform hysterectomies and other surgical procedures, including cardiovascular, gallbladder, and prostate surgeries.  Intuitive Surgical Inc., which manufacturers the da Vinci Surgical System used in robotic surgery, has heavily marketed the medical device to not just hospitals but also consumers. Hospitals that invest in the daVinci robotic surgery medical device may feel economic pressure to perform enough surgeries to recoup their investment.  Substantiating findings by Audet and Partners, LLP, a new... Read More