Left Behind Metallic Object During Bladder Surgery Prompts Lawsuit

Left Behind Metallic Object During Bladder Surgery Prompts Lawsuit

bladder-surgeryIn 2001, a urologist performed a bladder suspension surgery to address incontinence. During the surgery, the urologist placed titanium anchors into the patient’s pelvic bone using an anchor driver, which is a metallic device. In 2015, part of the anchor driver was found inside the plaintiff’s body near her pelvic bone and was removed. In 2016, the plaintiff filed a medical malpractice complaint against the health care facility and multiple physicians, including the urologist who performed the 2001 procedure.

In her complaint, the patient alleged that she went to the facility in January 2001 with a symptomatic cystocele and some stress incontinence. She was seen by a urologist, who performed surgery on her in the form of an endoscopic bladder suspension.

 

What Happened in Her Procedure

During the procedure, the urologist used anchors to support the suspension. The patient asserted that after the bladder suspension surgery, she experienced unusual pain in her pelvic area. She alleged that she notified the urologist of her continuing pain and was told there was nothing wrong. Specifically, she alleged that she returned to the urology office twice in 2004, once in 2009, and once in 2012, complaining of continued pain that she associated with the surgical procedure in 2001.

It was asserted that diagnostic imaging was performed at all four visits and each time she was informed that the imaging showed nothing that could account for her painful symptoms. However, according to the patient, x-rays from 2009 and 2012 clearly showed a foreign body in her pelvis.

It was further alleged that she underwent a second surgical procedure with the same urologist in 2012 in the form of a bladder instillation and transvaginal obturator tape procedure. When consulting with the urologist about the second surgery, the plaintiff complained that she felt as if something were poking into her in her pelvic region. The plaintiff asserted that the urologist dismissed her concerns.

 

What Else Happened

In 2014, she went to an emergency room with pain. During the visit to the ER the patient underwent a computed tomography scan of her abdomen and pelvis. A radiologist read the scan and noted a 2.2-cm metallic object.

She alleged that when she returned to the health care facility in 2015 reporting pain, she was diagnosed with pubic cellulitis overlaying retained public symphysis hardware. She stated she was informed that she might have an anchor in her pubic bone that needed to be removed and was transferred to a tertiary hospital. Another x-ray report noted the anchor device from her surgery may represent a piece of broken hardware.

The woman subsequently underwent surgery at the hospital to remove the object, which she asserted proved to be the instrument part that was used to place anchors for the bladder surgery and was abandoned by the defendant urologist and left within her.

 

What Did the Courts Think

Given that there was a span of fourteen years between the original surgical procedure and the 2015 procedure when the metallic object was removed, the patient purported that the continuing course of treatment doctrine applied and cited the several times in between 2001 and 2015 that she returned to the defendant reporting pelvic pain.

What was discovered at trial, however, was that in 2004, the plaintiff moved out of state, never returning to the health care facility or the original urologist until 2009 and 2012. When the plaintiff did return in 2009 and 2012, she returned for complaints unrelated to her previous pelvic pain. Therefore, the court held that the plaintiff’s course of treatment ended in 2004, and therefore the doctrine did not apply.

Not all states have applied the continuing course of treatment doctrine, and where it has been applied, there are many nuances and variations. Providers interested in knowing the rule in their own jurisdiction should consult with the appropriate legal authority in their facility or organization.

It is unfortunate that there is this back and forth between the patient and the urologist. We pride ourselves on never having that issue with patients after surgeries. Having a quality urologist can help in any of the issues that may arise. If you need a quality urologist pick up the phone and call Z Urology, with offices in South Florida. Call today!

We provide state-of-the-art urologic care in the South Florida area with a focus on both male and female urology. Our practice specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.

We at “Z” specialize in bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, BPH, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.

Eating Dairy Products Linked to Prostate Cancer

Eating Dairy Products Linked to Prostate Cancer

dairy-productsNew studies have shown that eating dairy products has been linked to a higher chance of developing prostate cancer. The same research shows that a plant-based diet appears to reduce the risks.

Past studies have found a link between consuming dairy products and that the disease is more prevalent in Western countries where dairy is the biggest source of calcium. In contrast, prostate cancer is less common in Asian countries where such foods are consumed much less.

To find out more, a team of researchers at the Mayo Clinic researched over 47 existing scientific journal articles published between 2006 and February 2017, and involving more than 1 million participants in total.

 

What Were the Results

The resulting study linked plant-based diets, such as vegetarian and vegan, with a lower or unchanged risk of developing prostate cancer from the baseline.

However, eating animal products, and dairy in particular, was associated with an increased or unchanged risk of being diagnosed with the disease.

Each year, around 174,650 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed, making it the most prevalent form of the disease among men other than skin cancer.

 

Prostate Cancer Stats

Prostate Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States after lung cancer. It kills around 31,620 people annually. It is most common in men over the age of 66, and in African Americans.

The researchers said their study was limited because it included a range of different papers with varying methods. Future research could test the validity of the findings by carrying out randomized control trials, they wrote, and by looking at the effects of other lifestyle factors like smoking and exercise.

The World Cancer Research Fund in a far more rigorous review finds being overweight/obese or tall were the only dietary factors probably associated with risk of prostate cancer. That review only considered dairy and calcium intake as a possible cause (i.e. insufficient evidence).

Vegans have around a 35 percent lower risk of prostate cancer than meat-eaters. But this may reflect the fact they are usually much lighter than meat-eaters rather than the absence of dairy foods from their diets.

Earlier this year, a separate study similarly suggested diet could affect a man’s chances of developing prostate cancer by linking lower rates of the disease to mushroom consumption.

But Weilin Wu, a health information officer at Cancer Research U.K. who did not work on the study, cautioned to Newsweek at the time: “Since not much is known about preventing prostate cancer, studies like this are intriguing. But we need a lot more research to back it up and explain any possible link before we can say that people should stock up on mushrooms to cut their prostate cancer risk.”

If you think that you are at risk for prostate cancer based on your diet, you might need a urologist. Having a urologist can help in your treatment of this issue. If you think this is an issue, don’t delay. Instead, pick up the phone and call Z Urology, with offices in South Florida. Call today!

We provide state-of-the-art urologic care in the South Florida area with a focus on both male and female urology. Our practice specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.

We at “Z” specialize in bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, BPH, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.

Gene Simmons from KISS Gets Kidney Stone Surgery

Gene Simmons from KISS Gets Kidney Stone Surgery

If you have kidney stones like Gene did you can call one of our offices or book an appointment with Z Urology to discuss. Having a urologist can help in your treatment of this issue. If you think this is an issue, don’t delay. Instead, pick up the phone and call Z Urology, with offices in South Florida. Call today!

We provide state-of-the-art urologic care in the South Florida area with a focus on both male and female urology. Our practice specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.

We at “Z” specialize in bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, BPH, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.

Barclays Bank Exec Killed Wife After Mocked Over Erectile Dysfunction

Barclays Bank Exec Killed Wife After Mocked Over Erectile Dysfunction

ann-marie-pomphretThe British Barclays bank executive who admitted to beating his wife to death with a crowbar testified that he “killed the woman I love” after she taunted him about his erectile dysfunction. Yes, you read that right. She went there. And then HE WENT THERE!

The 51-year-old David Pomphret said during his trial in England’s Liverpool Crown Court that he felt “terrible” about hitting wife Ann Marie Pomphret over the head with the tool more than 30 times at their Cheshire home back in 2018.

“I killed the woman I love. It’s a horrible thing to do,” he testified. “She ranted at me for being a bad parent, calling me f–ing useless,” David said. “Called me limp and useless. Bit embarrassing — we have been having, I have been having, erectile dysfunction. I was not performing very well.”

 

So What Happened

The couple of twenty-two years had gotten into a fight after David went to their stables to pick up some tools for a DIY project, which apparently angered his wife, who suffered from autism and had been undergoing cancer treatment.

His wife, Ann Marie, 49, allegedly shouted that he was “f–ing crazy” and “just going to create more s–t,” before turning on their teenage daughter and criticizing her over her clothes, which Ann Marie found too revealing.

At one point, she slapped David across the face. He grabbed the hood of her coat and then blacked out. The next thing he remembered was “standing at the side of her body.”

“There was blood on my hands and the crowbar,” he said. “She was on the floor.”

After the attack, David said he “stupidly” tried to cover up his tracks, washing his hands and the crowbar and burning his blood-covered sweatshirt. Prosecutors allege David, who is charged with murder, intended to kill his wife. But his defense lawyers argue he suffered a “loss of self-control” consistent with manslaughter.

Imagine how serious some people take the embarrassment of erectile dysfunction? Pretty hard to believe, but it is very serious to those that suffer from it. If you think you might be suffering from erectile dysfunction, call one of our offices or book an appointment with Z Urology to discuss. Having a urologist can help in your treatment of this issue. If you think this is an issue, don’t delay. Instead, pick up the phone and call Z Urology, with offices in South Florida. Call today!

We provide state-of-the-art urologic care in the South Florida area with a focus on both male and female urology. Our practice specializes in all urologic procedures, specifically, minimally invasive methods. Our three locations to choose from are located in Fort Lauderdale, Coral Springs and Pompano Beach.

We at “Z” specialize in bladder issues, erectile dysfunction (ED), prostate issues, urinary incontinence, sexual dysfunction, stone disease, BPH, male infertility, pyeloplasty, Peyronie’s disease, and ureteral reimplantation.