FDA Warns Against Robotically Assisted Mastectomies

If you’ve been scheduled for a major surgical procedure within the past few years, a doctor has likely brought up the option of robotically assisted surgery. When you’ve seen advertisements for world-class hospitals, these capabilities may appear to place the facility and its doctors above the competition.

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Talcum Powder & Asbestos Exposure: What You Need to Know

Stretching back decades, claims concerning Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder have revealed a correlation between regular usage and the development of ovarian cancer. However, based on recent reports and an investigation by Reuters, ovarian cancer is not the only risk you have to worry about. In rare instances, consumers have developed mesothelioma, a condition contracted after exposure to asbestos – even if it was decades ago – and allege Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder is to blame.

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Understanding IVC Filter Complications

When a patient has a higher risk for developing a life-threatening blood clot or continues to have clotting issues while on a blood-thinning medication, a doctor may recommend implanting an inferior vena cava (IVC) filter. An IVC filter is a retrievable device that helps prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. Without the IVC filter, the blood clots may migrate to the lungs.

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Symptoms of Hernia Mesh Rejection

According to the FDA, 90 percent of the more than 1 million annual surgeries to correct a hernia utilize a mesh patch. For nearly one-third of all patients, varying complications occur, from localized pain to life-threatening bowel perforations, requiring further repair or outright mesh removal.

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5 Risks of Insulin Pumps for Diabetes Management

For those living with diabetes, the introduction of the insulin pump marked a turning point towards a sense of normalcy for some. The device – a computerized system delivering a continuous supply of insulin – mirrors the function of the pancreas by keeping blood glucose levels consistent through meals and at night.

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