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Posted by on Oct 24, 2016 in Defective Medical Products | 0 comments

How Does Shoulder Replacement Surgery Work?

Shoulder arthroplasty is a a type of joint replacement surgery that involves the replacement of the humerus and the glenod or the shoulder socket. Here the ball of the humerus is replaced by a metal implant and the socket by a smooth plastic device that takes the place of the functions of the natural cartilage surface. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, there are around 53,000 patients who undergo shoulder replacement surgery.

Shoulder replacement surgery is necessary in order to restore the normal functions of the shoulder. It usually starts with unbearable pain in the shoulder which may be due to various causes such as osteoarthritis, broken bones in the arm near the shoulder, tumor in or around the shoulder, and others. There are various risks associated with shoulder replacement. However, if defective replacement devices are implanted in the patient, the result could be debilitating pain and additional injuries which could include significant bone loss, instability, and weakness.

According to the website of Williams Kherkher, the main goal of shoulder replacement is to replace the humerus with a metal “ball” component that is attached to a stem and a plastic socket over the surface of the glenoid. A successful procedure would usually last for 10 to 15 years. However, when faulty shoulder replacement devices are used, the pain could be much longer and the expenses could be huge. It may require a second surgery which could extend the recovery time. The general aim of rehabilitation is to restore shoulder motion and strength. On the other hand, failure of the replacement surgery could result to severe complications.

It is worth noting that precautions still need to be implemented even after the surgery as there is still a risk of infection. Full recovery is the end target and the patient is expected to return to normal activities after some time.

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Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Defective Medical Products | 0 comments

Defective Pharmaceuticals: What Happens When Medicine Becomes Harmful

Medical professionals rely on pharmaceutical companies to design and manufacture treatment for various conditions and diseases. Thanks to the continuing advancement of technology, pharmaceuticals are able to come up with the most innovative solutions to help advance the health and welfare of people. Unfortunately, the pharmaceutical industry isn’t always foolproof. Defective medical devices lead to more trouble than what they were intended to solve. In fact, as noted by the lawyers of Williams Kherkher, defective pharmaceuticals are known to comprise a significant number of all product liability cases in America.

The pharmaceutical industry is, of course, responsible for many vast improvements in the landscape of medicine. However, there are times when the medications and devices manufactured by pharmaceutical companies prove to be dangerous. While the government has set up safety nets to ensure that defective pharmaceuticals aren’t used on patients, there are moments when researchers fail to catch the potential risks before it’s too late. In plenty of cases, these errors only come to light when they cause significant injury and suffering on patients. Even with FDA approval, some pharmaceuticals cause consequences that are often difficult to solve.

These faulty implants used to replace severely damaged joints caused by injury or medical conditions such as arthritis can lead to bone and tissue damage, as well as high levels of metal toxicity in a patient’s body. Defective implants can also easily erode, leading to dislocation from the bone socket. These defective products are especially alarming because correcting the errors they caused require more invasive surgery and lengthy recovery times. For most patients, this leads to mounting medical expenses that may no longer be covered by insurance.

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