Defective Medical Devices
Defective and dangerous medical devices such as badly designed surgical implants, instruments, prosthetics, and pacemakers can cause significant repercussions if a person undergoes surgery or uses such defective medical devices is injured or dies as a result.
Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plays a part in approving devices for use on the general public, a product can still be defective in its design, manufacturing process, or marketing strategy. In most instances, lawsuits over FDA approved medical devices have significant legal hurdles and frequently receive national attention.
Potentially defective devices in the news recently include:
DePuy/Striker Hip Implants: Hip implants were put in patients with diseased hips to increase mobility, relieve pain and improve hip joint function. Hip implants manufactured by DePuy/Stryker have been associated with complications due to the metal cobalt and chromium implant causing severe damage to the tissue or bone in the hip area, complications from metal in the bloodstream, including damage to the heart, kidneys, or thyroid. Some of the hip implants have dislocated or loosened and this has resulted in other complications.
Mirena: Mirena is an IUD device that is implanted in the uterus. The device releases a birth control hormone over time. Unfortunately, some users of the Mirena implant reported spontaneous migration or expulsion of the IUD and/or experienced a perforation of their uterus. This has impacted the fertility of some women. Additionally, the implant has resulted in some abnormal pregnancies including but not limited to a septic abortion, tubal pregnancy and miscarriage.
Transvaginal Mesh: Transvaginal mesh was surgically placed in women who had been diagnosed with pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and/or stress urinary incontinence (SUI). Vaginal mesh implants have been linked to serious adverse reactions including erosion of the vaginal tissues, perforation of the bladder, bowel or blood vessels and severe infection.
Zimmer Knee Replacement: Zimmer knee replacement devices were surgically implanted to provide patients with failing knees greater range of motion and to reduce pain. Unfortunately, this medical device has been linked to premature failure or loosening of the replacement knee. This is resulting in increased pain and costly revision surgeries to the recipients of the Zimmer Knee replacement.
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