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November 2014 Archives

Uterine rupture: A potentially fatal injury during childbirth

Women who are pregnant have likely heard that there are risks associated with going into labor. Some of those women might be at a greater risk than others when it comes to labor and delivery. One risk that some women face is that of a uterine rupture. Any woman who has had a C-section, fibroid removal, or any other surgery that cut into the uterine wall is at a greater risk of uterine rupture than other women. Any pregnant Kentucky resident might like to know more about uterine ruptures.

An updated safety communication has been issued for Laparoscopic Uterine Power Morcellation in Hysterectomy and Myomectomy.

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking immediate steps to help reduce the risk of spreading unsuspected cancer in women being treated for uterine fibroids. In an updated safety communication, originally issued in April 2014, the FDA warns against using laparoscopic power morcellators in the removal of the uterus (hysterectomy) or fibroids (myomectomy) in the vast majority of women.

Is shoulder dystocia a fatal injury during childbirth?

Envisioning a baby's birth usually brings happy thoughts. Even though the mother will go through pain from contractions, she is probably still looking forward to the birth of her little one. Unfortunately, not all women have the wonderful birth experience they envision. Our Kentucky readers might be interested to learn how shoulder dystocia, a rare condition, might affect some women's birth experience.

Surgical errors can cause serious injuries to Kentucky patients

In last week's post, we discussed some of the problems with surgeons using the da Vinci Surgical Robot when doing a surgery. This might have some of our Kentucky readers wondering exactly what happens when a surgeon does make a mistake. The answer to that is that the patient who was injured, or their family members if the patient died or is incapacitated, has the right to seek compensation from the surgeon and other parties who might be liable for the injuries.

Why would Kentucky surgeons use a surgical robot?

When most people have a surgery, they usually want to have the least invasive, least painful option possible. For some people, the da Vinci Surgical System is the method that fits the bill. While the da Vinci is a wonderful tool in the right hands and under the right circumstances, there are still problems that can arise as a result of the da Vinci. Our readers in Kentucky might like to learn about some more about the da Vinci Surgical System.

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