Lessons for physicians from ‘The Bleeding Edge’: If you see something, say something

As a neurosurgeon who focuses mainly on spine surgery, I sometimes use medical devices like pedicle screws and intervertebral cages to treat spinal instability. Watching the Netflix documentary “The Bleeding Edge” made me wonder what the misuse of medical technology means for patients and for doctors. According to the video’s teaser, “This eye-opening look at…

Breast implants with textured surfaces can cause anaplastic large-cell lymphoma

The Philadelphia Inquirer (8/3, McCullough, 1.07M) reported that scientists agree that breast implants with textured surfaces, rather than smooth ones, can cause “breast implant-associated anaplastic large-cell lymphoma.” Back in 2011, the Food and Drug Administration estimated the risk as less than one in 500,000, but “the risk after a decade of wearing the devices could…