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Risperdal Lawsuits Increase in 2017

Risperdal lawsuits San Francisco

Risperdal is used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), bipolar disorder, and other mental issues. Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. states that studies have shown the drug can cause the development of female type breasts in men known as gynecomastia. Originally it was claimed that gynecomastia occurred in only 1 out of 1,000 patients. However, after being on the market for over 20 years, it is more than 20 times the original rate stated.

Risperdal Lawsuits Now Over 5,500!

In the first 3 months of 2017, more than 3,000 Risperdal lawsuits have been filed making the total now approximately 5,500. Last year one client was awarded $77 million, and there are several similar claims pending.

Johnson and Johnson canceled the tolling agreements on thousands of cases, which pauses the statute of limitations deadline, increasing the burden on the courts. Now there is no expiration date for filing a lawsuit; however, either side has the right to cancel the agreement.

So far 8 cases have gone to verdict in Philadelphia where the plaintiffs have won 4 and Johnson and Johnson have won 4. Appeals are still pending in Pennsylvania’s Superior Court.

TV Ads Attract New Claimants

You may have noticed millions of dollars are being spent on TV ads to attract new claimants for Risperdal litigation. In 2016 there were 3,800 TV ads that cost 2.6 million.

In 2016 74% of the plaintiffs did not live in Pennsylvania, which is not unusual for cases this size against pharmaceuticals companies. Now 36 states have filed lawsuits against Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson and the manufacturer of Risperdal, accusing them of hiding the dangerous side effects of the drug from health professionals and the public, and illegal marketing practices. Worldwide, Risperdal has profited over $30 billion.

Buyer Beware

Surprisingly, Risperdal is still prescribed by doctors and is not the subject of a recall.

If you have any questions or issues with female type breasts, contact Dr. Delgado now (415) 898-4161 for a personal consultation.

Gynecomastia and the Need for Drains

 Drain for gynecomastia in San Francisco

Some men have voiced concern about the use of drains after male breast reduction surgery. They are somewhat cumbersome, and a little uncomfortable when removed, but the advantages greatly out weight the disadvantages.

Drains May Prevent Infections

Drains collapse the “dead space” that is left after surgery. Without the drain, the space may collect fluid and can cause an infection or other complications. The type of drain used is called a Jackson Pratt which uses mild suction removing fluids through a clear plastic tube from the surgery site to a small bulb that is placed in a small pocket of the compression vest.

Periodically the bulb needs to be emptied and Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. wants the patient to keep a log of the amount of fluid removed and its color. This information is important for Dr. Delgado to monitor how the healing is progressing.

The most common drainage is serosanguinous, which is a thin watery substance usually pink to dark red from red blood cells. If the fluid is thick and the color is yellow, green, tan, or brown, it is referred to as purulent exudate and may be an indication of bacteria present in high levels or an infection.

Experience Proves the Advantage of Drains

Some surgeons use drains, and some do not. Dr. Delgado has over 25 years of gynecomastia surgery experience, and he claims that by using drains the incidence of complications is very minimal. If drains are not used it is possible that fluid may collect in the “dead space” and will need to be aspirated and maybe more than once.

For most patients, the drains are removed at the first post-operative visit usually within 4 days. When the tube is removed from the surgery site, you may feel a slight burning sensation, but it only lasts a few seconds.

Stay in Touch With Your Surgeon

Dr. Delgado instructs his patients to notify him if any of the following conditions are noted:
• Fever
• The color of fluid is brown, yellow, or green
• A change in the odor of the fluid
• An increase of pain

For any concerns about male breast reduction, call now (415) 898-4161 for an appointment with Dr. Delgado.

Asymmetry and the Gynecomastia Patient

Gynecomastia is caused when excess estrogen gets stored in the male body which then leads to breast development.

Male Breasts May be Asymmetric

Usually, when a man develops gynecomastia, the breasts are relatively equal in shape and size. However, it is not uncommon for one breast to develop and be larger than the other. In rare cases, it is possible for only one breast to develop. Asymmetry causes men to feel even more self-conscious than men with enlargement on both sides.

asymmetry gynecomastia in San Francisco

This 43 year old man had liposuction in 1992 for his gynecomastia with another surgeon but was not satisfied with the results. Dr. Delgado performed revision surgery, consisting of suction-assisted lipectomy and glandular excision of the chest. Total fat extraction was 350cc from the right side and 375cc from the left to correct his asymmetry.

Some asymmetry is normal, but when it becomes very noticeable, it can be the cause of much embarrassment and shame.

Asymmetry is Corrected by Surgery

The only way to correct asymmetry is by surgery with a gynecomastia specialist. The surgery entails liposuction, surgical excision of the breast tissue with the goal of a masculine contoured chest.

Sometimes asymmetry can occur during male breast reduction surgery by unseen complications or lack of skill by the surgeon. A secondary surgery will be necessary for correction, be sure to choose your surgeon carefully! The patient will need to wait about 6 months before revision surgery can take place.

Dr. Delgado’s Revision Surgery on the Rise

Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. states that about 40% of his gynecomastia practice is made up of revision surgery where patients had their surgery done elsewhere. Most revision cases are correction of too much tissue removed (crater deformity) or not enough tissue removed, along with asymmetry.

Call Today!

If you have had unsatisfactory gynecomastia surgery or hope to avoid revision surgery, call now (415) 898-4161 for an appointment with Dr. Delgado who has been performing male breast reduction surgery since 1988.

What to Expect After Gynecomastia Surgery

Gynecomastia surgery in San Francisco

Gynecomastia Surgery Results

Anticipating gynecomastia surgery may cause anxiety for many men. Not knowing what to surgery results to expect can cause further stress. The expert gynecomastia surgeon’s goal is to achieve a natural looking male chest with masculine contours. If the surgeon removes too much breast tissue, the result could be what is known as a “crater deformity,” and if not enough tissues is removed, more surgery may be needed. It is important to select an expert gynecomastia surgeon so you can get it right the first time!

Compression Vest and Drains

After surgery, you will be placed in a compression vest and have drains in place that remove excess fluid and keep swelling under control. The drains are generally removed within 2 to 3 days at the first post-operative visit. Sutures are taken out after 1 week. The vest is to be worn 24/7 for 5 or 6 weeks and only removed when showering. Showering is allowed a couple of days after the drains are removed, and the drain incisions have completely closed. When removing the vest, men need to realize that they are not seeing the final result. There will be swelling and bruising, and the incision at the bottom of the areola will be evident. However, bruising will completely subside in about a week to 10 days; swelling may last several weeks.

Incisions Well Hidden

As the incision around the areola heals, it will be almost undetectable due to the change of skin texture. The small incision from the drain at the side of the chest may leave a scar. Sensitive to men’s comments about this, Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. now places the drain incision high up in the armpit and toward the back, most men cannot find it after it heals.

It is not unusual for the swelling to take several weeks to completely resolve. Some swelling is normal as it increases blood supply to the injured area bringing nutrients that aid in healing. However, any unusual swelling needs to be monitored for a possible hematoma (abnormal bleeding outside blood vessels.)

Going Shirtless Becomes a Reality

As the swelling subsides, the final contour of the chest will become evident, and the ability to go shirtless will become a reality!

Unfortunately, for some men, once all the swelling has diminished they may have what is referred to as “puffy nipples.” The cause for puffy nipples is when the surgeon has not removed enough breast tissue that is behind the areola, and the tissue pushes the nipple outward. This condition can be fixed but requires additional surgery. Choose your surgeon carefully!

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Gynecomastia patients are encouraged to call now (415) 898-4161 for a confidential consultation with Dr. Delgado.

 

Gynecomastia Article by Dr. Miguel Delgado Reaches Near and Far

 

Gynecomastia is Worldwide

Gynecomastia is a common condition that affects a large percentage of men worldwide. India, in particular, has shown great interest in gynecomastia and it is reflected in the many inquiries from Indian men on such websites as Gynecomastia.org.

Dr. Delgado Explains the Struggle With Moobs

The Deccan Chronicle is the largest circulated English newspaper in South India. Recently the Deccan Chronicle picked up a story that was published in Daily Mail Online on: “My Struggle With Moobs’: Inside the Booming Industry of ‘Man Boob’ Reconstruction Surgery.

The interview with Daily Mail Online gives a comprehensive outline on causes and solutions as presented by San Francisco Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. a specialist in gynecomastia.

Steroids and Puberty Set the Stage

Man Boobs or gynecomastia is the development of female type breasts on a man. The major cause is in young men as they go through puberty, however, for the majority, it will resolve on its own. The second major cause is bodybuilders or athletes who use steroids. Once the breast tissue starts to grow the only solution will be surgery.

Dr. Delgado explains the simpler cases and also the more extreme cases that may need to be done in stages. This is not a “one size fits all” type surgery, but it is very individual with precise planning for each case. The patient below is an example of extreme gynecomastia.

 

gynecomastia first stage

Preoperative, patient with severe gynecomastia

First Stage After 6 months

6 months after first stage; gland excision, liposuction, superior crescent lift, and external lift sutures.

 

 

 

gynecomastia third stage

2 weeks after second stage; peri-areolar lift with donut shape skin excision

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Gynecomastia Surgery Recovery, What to Expect

Gynecomastia surgery in San Francisco

Be Patient, Swelling Takes Weeks to Resolve

Recovery from gynecomastia surgery, like most surgeries, will go through several stages. You will experience bruising and swelling. The bruising may be minimal, or for some, it can be quite extensive, healing can take 2 to 3 weeks.

Swelling is normal with most of it subsiding in a few weeks but may take several months for all of it to resolve. However, severe swelling can be the sign of something more serious such as a hematoma. A hematoma is bleeding under the skin. A very low percentage of Dr. Delgado’s patients experience this complication due to his advanced surgical techniques.

Drains and Sutures

Drains will be placed at the end of your surgical procedure to remove fluid that accumulates naturally. The drains will be removed at the first post-operative visit, usually within 2 to 3 days. Additionally, sutures are removed after 1 week.

After surgery, Dr. Delgado has his patients placed in a compression vest to be worn for 6 weeks and emphasizes there is to be no strenuous exertion or formal exercise for 4 to 6 weeks.

Protect Gynecomastia Scars From the Sun

Patients are warned to keep their chest out of the sun for several months. The sun can cause hyper-pigmentation on fresh scars turning them permanently dark. Once a scar is no longer pink sun exposure should be safe, but the use of sun block is recommended.

Gynecomastia patients may have a temporary decrease in the sensation of the nipple-areola complex, for most patients it is insignificant, but for some, it may take a year for full sensation to return. Massage is recommended to reduce hypersensitivity of the skin as sensation returns.

Blood Thinners Must be Avoided!

Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. warns patients to continue to avoid all blood thinners for at least 2 weeks after their surgery because it is possible to still have a bleeding issue. In addition, he advises his patients to follow a healthy diet for a faster recovery.

Schedule a gynecomastia consultation today (415) 898-4161 with Dr. Delgado to address any male breast issues you have.

Update on Risperdal, the Drug that Can Cause Gynecomastia

risperdal and gynecomastia

Risperdal Lawsuits Climb

Litigation against Johnson and Johnson (J&J) for their drug Risperdal, had the second highest growth rate for 2016, following Xarelto. Xarelto may be reaching a plateau for new lawsuits, but litigation against J&J has no indication of slowing down. In November 2016, there was a 39% increase with over 15,400 pending lawsuits.

Risperdal is an anti-psychotic drug that was approved by the FDA in 1993 for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder for adults. In 2007 the drug was approved for use by children. Along with the stated side-effects, the development of breasts known as gynecomastia was significantly understated. Many physicians were unaware of the complication due to inadequate labeling and therefore were not able to warn parents.

Many of the men who used Risperdal chose to have surgery to get rid of their female type breasts. In order to receive compensation for their surgery and emotional trauma, lawsuits were filed.

Plaintiff Awarded $70 Million

As the trials move forward, the most recent victory went to the plaintiff who had been on Risperdal since he was 5 years old. The jury awarded him $70 million. The Philadelphia jury believes J&J failed to have a proper warning on the label to warn men and physicians of the risk of breast development, even though J&J were aware of the side effect for many years.

J&J will continue to defend each case and have no plans to discontinue Risperdal as they feel it is a “safe” drug, and the benefits outweigh the risks. Even with millions of dollars in awards, J&J considers the payouts just the cost of doing business as the drug brings in billions of dollars in sales each year.

Not all verdicts are in favor of the plaintiffs, one such case in March of this year was tossed out when the treating physician claimed she would have prescribed the drug even with a different warning as she felt the benefits outweighed the risks. This is one of three cases that went in favor of the defendant; however, the plaintiffs plan to appeal.

Future Drop in Sales

As consumers become more aware of the gross negligence by J&J regarding their drug Risperdal, they may eventually see a drop in sales.

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Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. has been treating patients with gynecomastia since 1989 and is an expert in his field. If you are concerned with the development of female type breasts, call today (415) 898-4161 for an appointment with Dr. Delgado for a confidential consultation.

Avoiding Loose Skin After Gynecomastia Surgery

The Doctor's Show

“The Doctors” TV show recently aired an episode featuring a gynecomastia patient who had a BodyTite treatment for male breast reduction. BodyTite is a duel treatment combining liposuction with radio frequency energy that melts fat and tightens skin at the same time.

Intense Marketing for Liposuction

There are many different types of liposuction such as; tumescent, ultrasound, and laser assisted, and each one has multiple catchy names. There has been intensive marketing with inflated claims that make for a lot of confusion for potential patients trying to figure out what treatment would be best for them.

Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. has stated that over 40% of his gynecomastia practice is revision surgery for men that have had their original surgery done by another surgeon. Many of these surgeons used liposuction alone and did not surgically remove the breast tissue. Breast tissue is too dense to be removed by liposuction effectively, no matter what is claimed.

The Gold Standard for Gynecomastia Surgery

Liposuction with surgical excision remains the gold standard. For “true” gynecomastia there are no shortcuts. However, patients who have “pseudogynecomastia” which is male breasts caused by fat alone, liposuction can be a good treatment.

Dr. Delgado uses a different technique for skin tightening that gives better results than radio frequency devices. In order to contract the skin, he applies controlled heat directly to the underlying skin (subcutaneous tissue) to avoid surgical excision of loose skin.

Choose Your Surgeon Wisely!

Who does the liposuction is more important than what it is called. Regardless of the type of liposuction used, for “true gynecomastia” surgical excision of dense breast tissue is necessary.

Call today (415) 898-4161 for an appointment with Dr. Delgado who is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery and has specialized in gynecomastia since 1989.

Gynecomastia Surgery After Weight Loss

 

After significant weight loss, gynecomastia sufferers have an additional issue to deal with. Besides reducing male breasts, there is now redundant, tissue, fat, and skin requiring more contouring and skilled techniques.

2 Stage Gynecomastia Surgery

Some men are candidates for the 2 stage procedure. The first stage removes breast tissue and fat under the skin. The second stage is a minor procedure that can be done in the office under local anesthesia. Excess skin is removed around the areola in a doughnut shape and is closed with a purse-string type sutures.

Before and After Stage One Gynecomastia Surgery

Before and After Stage One Gynecomastia Surgery

 

He is seen two weeks after Stage Two Surgery

Massive Weight Loss and Gynecomastia

For men who have had massive weight loss, most will likely not get desired results with the more traditional procedure of removal of fat and tissue with a hidden incision around the areola. Instead, for the more severe cases, the patient may need an incision going around the areola and a vertical incision to the breast crease creating an anchor reduction.

The anchor incision, also known as an inverted T, will leave visible scars. Most patients understand the trade-off and are accepting of the procedure in order to obtain the best breast shape.Male chest After weight Loss

Male Chest After Weight Loss 

After gynecomastia surgery

After Gynecomastia Surgery

 

Many patients find their incisions heal nicely and are comfortable with their results. For others, it is possible they may develop keloid scars which are raised and can be quite noticeable.

Scar Care After Gynecomastia Surgery

Today there are several different treatments available to help with scar management. The experienced board certified gynecomastia specialist will use deep suturing techniques to reduce tension on the skin that helps avoid keloids. Once the incision has healed silicone sheeting is applied, it will help keep the skin hydrated, which helps in scar control.

Additional preventive measures include; steroid injections, scar massage, and laser treatment such as the Palomar Laser. As a last option, scar revision may be done, but that will involve another incision.

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Gynecomastia patients are encouraged to call Dr. Miguel Delgado at (415) 898-4161 for a consultation.

Scar Solutions After Gynecomastia Surgery

 

A disappointing result after gynecomastia or male breast reduction surgery is the possible scarring that forms around the areola when the incisions heal. Men faced with unsightly scars feel they have traded one problem for another.

Too Much Collagen Forms Scars

It is not known why some people are more susceptible for scar formation than others. Scars are a natural result of the body healing itself when there has been trauma to the skin. During the healing process, the body produces collagen fibers that will end up having a different texture than the surrounding skin. Sometimes the body will over produce collagen, creating a buildup of tissue, resulting in a firm raised scar known as keloid or hypertrophic scars.

Before and After Scar Treatment

Before and After Scar Treatment

In most cases, it is not medically necessary to remove these benign scars. However, if they are noticeable, they may cause a lot of discomfort to the gynecomastia patient who wants to be able to go shirtless after surgery.

Options for Scar Removal

There are several options available for scar removal including; surgical excision, steroid injections and laser treatment, such as the non-invasive Palomar Icon Fractional Laser.

Having your initial gynecomastia surgery performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in gynecomastia, is your best bet for avoiding noticeable scars. Patient participation in preventing unsightly scars is crucial. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions that should include; avoiding direct sunlight for 6 months to a year. Sunlight is known for contributing to hypertrophic scars. Using silicon sheeting once the incisions have healed have proved to be very beneficial in scar prevention.

Gynecomastia Surgery in San Francisco

Before and After Gynecomastia Surgery

If you are struggling with unsightly scars after gynecomastia surgery, schedule a consultation today (415) 898-4161 with Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. to find what options are available to you for removal.

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