September 2013

We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device manufacturers.  For more information, please read the following New York Times article entitled “Medical Device Ruling Redraws Lines on Lawsuits.

Penile prostheses have been invented to treat several penile ailments, and often, these ailments are typically a result of a physical malady of the penile structure.  Prosthetics are generally only implanted when natural remedies and medications have failed to correct the condition.  Like many other surgical procedures, penile prosthetic implantation has been associated with various complications.  In recent years, the medical community has worked to study the risk factors associated with the occurrence of such complications.

One study on the complications of penile prosthetic implantation was conducted in France by I Souillac et al. The title of the study, translated from French, is “Inflatable penile prostheses: results, complications and prognostic factors.”  The study was published in the French journal Progrès en Urologie in 2009.  The study was conducted “To identify the main prognostic factors influencing the immediate and long-term results of inflatable penile prosthesis implantation.”

The study included 96 patients, with an average age of 54.4 years, and 118 total inflatable penile prosthetic implants.  The same operator carried out all procedures.  Among the patients in the study, 1/3 had undergone previous penile surgery.

Follow ups were conducted on all of the patients.  One patient, who also suffered from sickle-cell disease, died from a “massive pulmonary embolism”.  Several other patients suffered from complications including “Seven patients (7.3%) had a postoperative scrotal [hematoma]. Eleven patients (11.5%) had a postoperative infection. Fourteen patients (14.6%) had a material migration. Sixteen patients (16.7%) had a surgical revision for mechanical dysfunctions after a mean period of 21 months.”  Additionally, complications were much more frequent among patients who had previously undergone penile surgery or suffered from Peyronie’s disease.  After all of the procedures, 85% of the total patients had functional prosthesis, first time implantation recipients experienced a 91% success rate.

Ultimately the authors concluded, “The long-term functional results of inflatable penile prosthesis are suitable but the postoperative complications are frequent in case of prior penile surgery, associated surgical procedure, Peyronie’s disease, or post priapism implantation.”

Due to the fact that many of the men who used penile implants did so unaware of the risks associated with penile prosthesis surgery, penile implant lawsuits were filed in great numbers.

Our Penile Prosthesis Lawsuit Information page is a great place to start if you have any questions about penile prostheses.

We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device manufacturers.  For more information, please read the following New York Times article entitled “Medical Device Ruling Redraws Lines on Lawsuits.

There are many reasons why a man would undergo the implantation of a penile prosthesis.  When the pharmacological route does not adequately manage erectile dysfunction, a penile prosthesis might be the best option.  Penile implants are also used to correct penile malformation.  The surgery required for a penile prosthesis is complex and complications can occur.  Infection of the implant, protrusion of the implant through the skin, and mechanical malfunctions are all possible complications that can lead to serious medical conditions.  Many times, the only way to correct these problems are through painful reoperations.

Author Xuan XJ., from the Division of Urology, the First Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, China, conducted a study titled “Outcome of Implanting Penile Prosthesis for Treating Erectile Dysfunction:  Experience with 42 Cases”.  The aim of this study was to determine the short term results of a three-piece inflatable penile prosthesis implantation.  The Medical Instrumentation Company of Muping made the implanted prostheses.  Author XJ Xuan, states “Three-piece IPPs were implanted in 42 Chinese patients with ED refractory to systemic treatment between May 2002 and May 2004.”  Causes for erectile dysfunction in these patients were paraplegia (impaired motor functions in the lower extremities), fibrosis of corpus cavernosum (scar tissue in the erectile tissue or hardening of the erectile tissue), and Klinefelter’s syndrome (men born with an extra x chromosome which can lead to decreased testicular hormone function).

The study followed up with these patients were given follow ups that occurred from 24 to 57 months.  Xuan further states “Implantation procedures were successfully performed upon all 42 patients.”  The implants ranged from 13 cm to 18 cm, with a diameter of 1 cm.  Five patients experienced mechanical complications and one patient experienced an infection of the implant.  In all, 41 of the patients reported they were able to have normal sex after the surgery.  The study found that despite the possibility of complications, the three- piece implant was safe for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

This study, showing that 11.9% of patients experienced mechanical complications with the implanted penile prosthetic, could have been used in a penile implant lawsuit to demonstrate to court that the manufacturers of these devices knew, or should have known, the rate of complications associated with their products, but failed to act.

Our Penile Prosthesis Lawsuit Information page is a great place to start if you have any questions about penile prostheses.

We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device manufacturers.  For more information, please read the following New York Times article entitled “Medical Device Ruling Redraws Lines on Lawsuits.

The use of penile implants to correct erectile dysfunction has become a popular method for many men suffering from ED.  The origins of a man’s erectile dysfunction can arise naturally or from an external factor, such as trauma to the organ.  Complications that are commonly seen with the implantation of these devices include device failure and infections that often require corrective surgery.

Author BB Garber, from the Division of Urology, at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, worked on a study titled “Inflatable Penile Prosthesis:  Results of 150 Cases”.  The purpose of this study was to determine how safe and effective implanted inflatable penile prosthesis are when used for men who are organically impotent.

Garber writes, “A consecutive series of 150 men (mean age 60 years, range 25-90) were followed for a mean of 19 months (range 0-65) after implantation of the Mentor Alpha 1 penile prosthesis.”  Researchers interviewed the patients by telephone to gather medical information they needed for the study.

Complications were only seen in five patients and they included two peri-prosthetic infections, two intra-operative, and one post-operative cylinder aneurysm (145 of the patients reported having no complications and have fully functioning prostheses).  While none of the patients reported leaking of the penile implant, reoperation needed to correct the first surgery was done in three cases.  Garber concludes with “These results suggest that for men with organic impotence, a Mentor Alpha 1 implant is an effective treatment option with acceptable morbidity and good mechanical reliability.”  However, this shows that about 1 in 30 men suffered serious complications related to their penile prosthesis.

Due to the fact that the manufacturers of many penile prostheses do not adequately warn users of the rates at which infections or complications occur, or the rates at which reoperation is required, a number of penile prosthesis lawsuits are currently being filed.

 

Our Penile Prosthesis Lawsuit Information page is a great place to start if you have any questions about penile prostheses.

We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device manufacturers.  For more information, please read the following New York Times article entitled “Medical Device Ruling Redraws Lines on Lawsuits.

Penile prostheses have been invented to treat a number of ailments of the penis, and surgical implantation of penile prosthetics is typically only used when natural remedies and medications are unable to resolve the patient’s condition.  Among the conditions in which prosthetics may be used are erectile dysfunction (ED) and stress urinary incontinence.  Like many procedures, penile prosthetic implantation has at times resulted in complications and required follow up treatment, and may include additional corrective surgery.

One of the studies reporting the outcome of several penile prosthetic implantations is titled “Outcomes of simultaneous placement of an inflatable penile prosthesis and a male urethral sling through a single perineal incision.”  The study was conducted by V Gorbatiy, within the Division of Urology of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, and published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine in 2010.

The study reports the outcomes of synchronous implantation of an inflatable penile prosthesis (IPP) and a bulbourethral sling.  The authors of the study state “this article describes our surgical approach and reviews the operative time, length of hospital stay (LOS), estimated blood loss (EBL), and cost of synchronous dual prosthetic implantation compared with the implants performed individually.” The report also includes a review of the short-term outcomes in the patients receiving the implants.

After following up with the patients after the procedure, three cases of complications were reported.  One patient experienced complications due to sling erosion, another suffered from sling infection. Another patient had acute urinary retention.  The patient suffering from urinary retention did not require significant corrective intervention.

Ultimately, the authors concluded that penile prosthesis is a safe and effective technique, despite the instances of complications requiring corrective procedures.  The problem is that many men enter into penile implant surgery unaware of the rates at which these complications occur.  Since the manufacturers of these devices, commonly American Medical Systems, have failed to make these warnings clear to users, a number of penile prosthesis lawsuits are currently being filed.

 

We have the experience, resources, and skills required to win the justice you deserve.  Call today and see how we can help!  Our Penile Prosthesis Lawsuit Information page is a great place to start if you have any questions about penile prostheses.

We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device manufacturers.  For more information, please read the following New York Times article entitled “Medical Device Ruling Redraws Lines on Lawsuits.

Erectile dysfunction
(ED) is a condition of the penis characterized by the inability of the penis to become erect for intercourse.  Several treatments have been created for this condition including both medication and surgical intervention.  In cases where natural remedies and medication are ineffective, surgical intervention involving implantation of a prosthetic may be required.  The preferred penile implant includes a pump, allowing a more natural look and granting the patient complete control over his erections.  However, follow-ups have revealed that these procedures may require painful corrective surgery.

One study was conducted in China in 2004 to “study the effect and safety of the Chinese-made inflatable penile prosthesis in the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED).” The study was conducted by Z Li et al. through the Department of Urology, Renji Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Second Medical University.  The study is titled “Development and Clinical Application of the Chinese-made Inflatable Penile Prosthesis” (translated from Chinese), and was published in Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue, the Chinese National Journal of Andrology.

The inflatable penile prosthesis consists of a pump, a reservoir, and a pair of penile cylinders connected by tubes.  The current study included 45 cases of organic ED, selected for penile prosthesis implantation.  The data show that there were no surgical problems or mechanical failures in the subjects, but postoperative complications occurred in 6.6% of the study participants.

The authors concluded that “The Chinese-developed inflatable penile prosthesis was safe and effective for patients with ED, with low rate of mechanical failures” but that “Its long term effect has yet to be further studied.”

Since many men enter penile prosthesis surgery unaware of the high rate for complications and reoperation associated with penile implants, a number of penile implant lawsuits are currently being filed.

Our Penile Prosthesis Lawsuit Information page is a great place to start if you have any questions about penile prostheses.

With cardiovascular disease being so prevalent today, many medications have been created to treat these diseases.  One such group of medications is statins, which includes medications like Lipitor, Crestor, and others.  Statins are prescribed to treat cardiovascular conditions because they are designed to lower blood cholesterol levels.  The primary mechanism by which they lower cholesterol is by inhibiting an enzyme that is required for cholesterol production in the liver.  Statins, however have been associated with some adverse side effects.  One side effect of statin use includes an increased risk for the development of diabetes mellitus (DM).

One study that was conducted to explore the association between statin use and DM, specifically in postmenopausal women, was conducted by AL Culver et al. and was published in Archives of Internal Medicine in 2012.  The title of the report is “Statin use and risk of diabetes mellitus in postmenopausal women in the Women’s Health Initiative.”  According to the authors of the report “This study investigates whether the incidence of new-onset diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with statin use among postmenopausal women participating in the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI).”

They study included 153,840 postmenopausal women between the ages 50 and 79; none of them were suffering from DM initially.  7.04% reported taking statin medication.  The data showed that statin use was associated with an increased risk of DM (hazard ratio [HR], 1.71; 95% CI, 1.61-1.83).   This means that people who used statin drugs such as Lipitor were 70% more likely to develop diabetes than similar people who had not used Lipitor.  This association remained after adjusting for other potential confounding factors that could have caused the difference.  Furthermore, this association was observed for all types of statin medications.

Ultimately, the data showed that statin use was strongly linked to an increase in the incidence of DM.  The authors stated “Statin medication use in postmenopausal women is associated with an increased risk for DM. This may be a medication class effect. Further study by statin type and dose may reveal varying risk levels for new-onset DM in this population.”

Since Pfizer, the manufacturer of Lipitor – one of the most commonly-used drugs in the US – has failed time and again to warn users of the risks associated with its medication, a number of Lipitor lawsuits and statin lawsuits are currently being filed.  If you or a loved one used Lipitor and were recently diagnosed with diabetes, you too may be entitled to significant financial compensation.

For a free, no-obligation Lipitor lawsuit consultation, contact our team of Lipitor lawyers at the information provided below.  We have the skills, resources, and experience required to win the justice you deserve.  Call today and see how we can help!

(855) 452 – 5529

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We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device manufacturers.  For more information, please read the following New York Times article entitled “Medical Device Ruling Redraws Lines on Lawsuits.

Penile implants have been invented to correct a variety of ailments of the penis.  These ailments are typically characterized by physical malformations of the penile structure or erectile dysfunction. Surgical penile reconstruction using implants has been associated with a relatively high number of follow up revision surgeries.

One study, conducted in 2009 by Z Wang et al. and published in Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue, The Chinese National Journal of Andrology, analyzed the outcomes of several penile reconstruction surgeries.  The title of the study, translated from Chinese, is “Repair and Functional Reconstruction of the Penis (a Report of 62 Cases).”  The stated objective of the study was “To investigate the effects of surgery treatment on serious penile lesions and malformation.”

The 62 patients included in the study ranged from ages 19-63 years old.  The study included a number of penile ailments and procedures including penis partial defection, penis lengthening, urethroplasty, penis reconstruction in patients with penis completely missing, and severe penile curvature.  There were 15 cases of penile fracture, one of which was treated with conservative treatment and with patch penis, corpus spongiosum, the other 14 cases of penile fracture were treated with deep penile dorsal vein ligation.

There were also five cases of post-operative complications of the penile prosthesis; the complications included perforation of the prosthesis to the urethra, failure of the water pump, broken connection tube, poor erection angle, and corpus cavernosum expansion failure.  These complications required surgery involving removal of the prostheses, making repairs, and replacing prostheses.

Among the 4 cases of penis partial defection, 2 patients were satisfied with the penile appearance and sexual function; 1 reported some satisfaction, and 1 was unsatisfied.  Among the 4 treated for a missing penis, one was unsatisfied with the outcome.  Five out of the 15 penile fracture cases experienced post-operative complications including mild bending, algopareunia, subcutaneous induration, poor hardness, and poor sexual pleasure.

Due to the fact that many men enter penile implant surgery unaware of the high rate of complications and revision surgeries, a number of penile implant lawsuits are currently being filed.  If you or a loved one used a penile implant and suffered complications or required additional surgery, contact our team of penile implant lawyers at the information provided below.  We have the experience, resources, and skills required to win the justice you deserve, even from the largest of medical device manufacturers.

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Our Penile Prosthesis Lawsuit Information page is a great place to start if you have any questions about penile prostheses.

We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device manufacturers.  For more information, please read the following New York Times article entitled “Medical Device Ruling Redraws Lines on Lawsuits.

Penile prostheses were been invented to treat a variety of ailments of the penis.  The nature of these ailments may range from functionality issues such as erectile dysfunction to physical malformations such as severe curvature.  Prostheses have even been used to replace amputated penises.  Implantation of these prosthetics have sometimes had complications that required followed up corrective surgery.

Many reports have been written on cases of penile prosthesis implantation.  One report of implantations was conducted in Japan, in the Department of Urology in the Toho University School of Medicine.  The report is titled “A Clinical Evaluation of AMS 700 Penile Prosthesis in the Treatment of Impotence,” conducted by M Shirai et al. and was published in the Japanese journal Hinyokika Kiyo, or Acta Urologica Japonica.

The report analyzes the outcomes of 34 implantations of the AMS 700TM and 700 CXTM.  The patients receiving the implantations ranged from ages 32 to 70, with the average age at 57.2 years.  Follow ups were conducted 12 weeks after implantation to evaluate the prosthesis in terms of patient satisfaction with sexual intercourse and postoperative complications.  The results of the follow up showed that 8.8% of the patients were dissatisfied and 2.9% reported a worsened condition after the procedure was conducted.  Furthermore, severe complication occurred in 2 of the 34 cases (5.9%), in both instances complications were a result of infection and required removal of the prosthesis.

The authors state that overall the prosthetic is generally both effective and safe, however it may be subject to complications requiring corrective follow up surgery.  This article, demonstrating such a high rate of reoperation, may be used in a penile implant lawsuit to illustrate to a court that American Medical Systems knew, or should have known, at least since 1989 the rate of complications associated with their products.  Because American Medical Systems knew and failed to act, penile implant lawsuits are currently being filed across the country.

 

Our Penile Prosthesis Lawsuit Information page is a great place to start if you have any questions about penile prostheses.

We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device manufacturers.  For more information, please read the following New York Times article entitled “Medical Device Ruling Redraws Lines on Lawsuits.

Penile prosthesis
implantation can help men with their erectile dysfunction, however this surgery comes with many possible complications that can include infection and mechanical failure.  Sadly, reoperation may be the only to correct complications that can arise.  In 2013, a team of medical researchers led by E. Chung from the Department of Urology at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia, published a study titled “Penile Prosthesis Implantation for the Treatment for Male Erectile Dysfunction:  Clinical Outcomes and Lessons Learnt After 955 Procedures,” wherein the main aim was to determine how well penile prosthesis worked over long term use.  The Ultrex cylinder implant was used 54 percent of the time to correct the patient’s erectile dysfunction that was organic in nature.

The study used men around the age of 53.2 years old and looked at 955 penile prostheses between 1981 and 2010.  One way the study tracked how well the penile prostheses held up over the years was to conduct a follow up survey and have the patients answer questions about their experience.  This survey/follow up happened from 12-355 months after implantation of the penile prosthesis.

Results from the study showed that revision surgery and complications during the operations occurred.  Infection of the prosthesis was seen 0.8 percent of the time and occurrence rate of these infections were the same for pelvic trauma patients and diabetics.  In all, 75 percent of the causes for mechanical failure were from fluid loss.  Chung states “The average time to prosthetic revision was 102 (30-210) months. Kaplan-Meier estimates of overall penile prosthesis survival at 5 and 10 years were around 90.8 and 85.0 %.”

This research demonstrating that in the long term, penile implants fail between 9.1 and 15 percent of the time, it may be used in a penile implant lawsuit to demonstrate to court that the manufacturers of these devices knew, or should have known, the risks associated with their products.

Our Penile Prosthesis Lawsuit Information page is a great place to start if you have any questions about penile prostheses.

We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device manufacturers.  For more information, please read the following New York Times article entitled “Medical Device Ruling Redraws Lines on Lawsuits.

Penile prostheses
have been invented to treat a number of ailments of the penis.  These ailments may range from physical malformations to functional conditions.  One common condition that penile prostheses have been used to treat is erectile dysfunction.  Implantation of a prosthetic penis to treat erectile dysfunction is typically only performed when natural remedies and medications have failed.  The preferred prosthetic type is an inflatable prosthetic, allowing for a more natural look and function.  Several models have been developed, including the AMS 700CX and 700 CXM models. Implantation of penile prosthetics is generally not a dangerous procedure, but has at times required corrective surgery after complications.

One study evaluating the long-term effectiveness of penile prostheses was conducted by NB Dhar et al. within the Glickman Urological Institute of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  The study is titled “Long-term mechanical reliability of AMS 700CX/CMX inflatable penile prosthesis” and was published in the Journal of Urology in 2006.  The study was conducted to determine “the long-term mechanical reliability of the AMS 700CX/CXM inflatable penile prosthesis in men with organic erectile dysfunction.”  In this case, organic erectile dysfunction refers to issues due to a physical condition in the penis, rather than erectile dysfunction due to psychological issues.

The study included 455 patients who underwent implantation of an AMS 700CX/CXM inflatable penile prosthesis.  Follow ups were conducted using telephone interviews and mailed questionnaires with 380 of the 455 patients.  Data were collected based on 2 primary criteria including overall failure and mechanical failure caused by a malfunctioning component.

The data showed 74.9% of implantations were overall successful, while 81.3% were mechanically successful.  Follow-up in this study was up to 231 months after implantation, which is the longest follow-up, conducted of penile prosthesis implantation showing overall and mechanical survival.  This means that nearly 20% of penile implants failed mechanically.

Research such as that summarized above demonstrates clearly that American Medical Systems (the manufacturer of the AMS 700CX/CXM implant) knew, or should have known, the risks associated with their products.  And because so many men have used penile prostheses unaware of the rate of failure associated with these devices, complication, and the rate at which reoperation is required, many penile implant lawsuits have been filed.

 

Our Penile Prosthesis Lawsuit Information page is a great place to start if you have any questions about penile prostheses.

We are no longer accepting cases regarding these products.  Due to a terrible Supreme Court ruling, consumers injured by this product are no longer permitted to sue the manufacturers of this device.  We wish we could help, but the Supreme Court has taken the rights of citizens away to protect the profits of medical device manufacturers.  For more information, please read the following New York Times article entitled “Medical Device Ruling Redraws Lines on Lawsuits.