Peripheral neuropathy is a health condition associated with damage to the nerves that connect the brain and spinal column to the rest of the body. Individuals who suffer from peripheral neuropathy usually experience symptoms in their hands or feet, including tingling, numbness, and sharp or burning pain. However, peripheral neuropathy can attack any part of the body, including glands, organs, and the digestive tract. In extreme cases, the condition may cause permanent injuries, including muscle weakness that leads to paralysis.
Zimmer, the Indiana-based manufacturer of artificial joints, has recalled a key component of its Persona knee replacement system. Patients and their doctors have complained that the implant component comes loose, creating instability in the knee, ongoing pain, and the potential for further complications when patients have surgery to replace the knee implant.
Zofran is commonly prescribed to control nausea in cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and other forms of treatment. More recently, it has been prescribed to pregnant women to control morning sickness. Both uses of the drug carry risks.
Moving testimony about prolonged suffering and painful deaths caused by cancer that was spread during surgery performed with laparoscopic power morcellators may persuade the FDA to ban use of the surgical tool. The manufacturer, a division of Johnson & Johnson, has already recalled the device and the FDA has issued a warning that discourages doctors from using it. Some surgeons are refusing to heed the warning, potentially placing women at risk during hysterectomies and other procedures to remove uterine fibroids.