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Redesigned Olympus Scope Linked to Infection Outbreak

Olympus issued a recall of its TJF-Q180V duodenoscope model in January 2016, after reports linked the device to multiple outbreaks of Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE), a form of antibiotic resistant infection that is difficult to treat, and often fatal. Further investigation into the incidents revealed that at least 35 people died after suffering infections linked to…

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Dangerous Infection Associated with Heater-Cooler Devices

The medical device liability attorneys at The Law Offices of Peter Angelos provide important health-risk information related to heater-cooler devices. Nearly sixty percent of hospitals in the United States use heater-cooler systems to maintain internal body temperature and consistent blood circulation during invasive surgical procedures—approximately 250,000 procedures each year. However, recent reports suggest that the…

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Class I Recall: Zimmer Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder

Zimmer Biomet has issued a Class I recall for its Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder as the devices have exhibited higher rates of fracturing than previously stated. In December 2016, Zimmer Biomet issued an Urgent Medical Device Recall Notice to customers who may have undergone surgery in which a Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder was implanted.  This recall has…

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Hernia Mesh Lawsuits

Have you suffered injuries after undergoing a ventral hernia repair procedure? Here, the medical device liability attorneys at The Law Offices of Peter Angelos provide information regarding complications associated with the use of Ethicon Physiomesh for hernia repair procedures. Each year, more than 100,000 ventral hernia repair surgeries are performed throughout the United States. During…

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FDA: Adverse Events Reported for Intragastric Balloons

The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System and the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System are fluid-filled weight loss systems used to surgically treat obesity. Both systems were approved by the FDA in 2015 to be used by patients in conjunction with diet and exercise programs. Placement of the systems requires patients to undergo a minimally invasive endoscopic…

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Jury Awards Damages to Metal on Metal Hip Victims

Last month, a Texas jury awarded more than $1 billion in damages to plaintiffs who claimed they suffered injuries after receiving DePuy Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants. Metal-on-metal hip implants, such as the DePuy Pinnacle implants, are surgical devices used during hip replacement surgery that have been claimed to be more durable and provide a greater…

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Duodenoscope Manufacturer Chose Not to Warn of Risks

UPDATE: On January 17, 2017, the United States Food and Drug Administration updated safety information regarding the Pentax ED-3490TK video duodenoscope. Within this update, the FDA warned consumers that the device had the capacity to crack—making the transfer of fluids and bacteria to the device possible. Similar to other duodenoscope devices, the Pentax device can…

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The Fight Against Power Morcellators

Power morcellators are surgical devices that grind uterine fibroids into fragments for removal through small incisions in the abdomen. Unfortunately, there are no reliable methods to determine, prior to surgery, whether a fibroid contains hidden uterine cancer. The inability to rule out cancer prior to using the morcellator makes the laparoscopic supracervical hysterectomy using a…

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What Patients Should Know about IVC Filters

What is the issue with IVC filters? IVC filters are implanted into the inferior vena cava vein of patients with deep vein thrombosis, and are intended to be used temporarily to block dangerous blood clots—known as pulmonary embolisms—from reaching a patient’s lungs. However, the filters have become the subject of hundreds of FDA adverse effect…

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Update: Unsafe Duodenoscope Devices

Duodenoscopes are used in more than 500,000 gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures each year. These devices are used during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) procedures to diagnose and treat conditions within the bile duct and main pancreatic duct, such as gallstones and cancer. The duodenoscope can help to drain fluid from bilary and pancreatic ducts that are blocked…

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