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Laura Woods

Laura enjoys promoting consumer rights by reporting on defective medical device and working to bring these important matters to light.

FDA Bone Graft Warning Issued for Minors

A new FDA bone graft warning has been issued, advising doctors to avoid off-label use of certain bone graft substitutes in patients with bone disorders, who are younger than 18 years old ─ this includes Medtronic’s Infuse bone graft. The FDA noted that these bone graft substitutes could cause serious... Read more »

Researchers Confirm Morcellation May Spread Cancer

Uterine perforation
Researchers from Kaiser Permanente have confirmed there is no way for doctors to spot uterine sarcoma before performing a laparoscopic hysterectomy or myomectomy with morcellation. As a result, morcellation may spread cancer throughout the abdomen. On December 11, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology published the report examining the... Read more »

Morcellation with Hysterectomy May Spread More Than Cancer

Johns Hopkins researchers recently published information that may increase the number of women who experience complications from morcellation with hysterectomy procedures. The January issue of Obstetrics and & Gynecology details the accounts of three women who submitted to laparoscopic hysterectomy morcellation, ultimately resulting in benign uterine diseases rather than having... Read more »

First DePuy Pinnacle Hip Trial Begins in Dallas

Proceedings for the first DePuy Pinnacle hip trial began on September 2 in Dallas, under the direction of U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade. This is the first trial involving allegations that the metal-on-metal hip implant poisoned patients, due to its defective design causing metal debris to enter into patients’ bloodstreams.... Read more »

Medtronic Infuse Bone Graft Settlement Reached

INFUSE lawsuit settlement
A Medtronic INFUSE bone graft settlement was recently announced, with the medical technology company agreeing to pay $22 million to settle approximately 1,000 legal claims over the controversial spine surgery product. Medtronic is also setting an additional $140 million aside to fund an even larger number of expected claims. The... Read more »