Medical devices are there to complement the healing process of patients, but there are some instances where they become the cause of harm. There are known cases where defective medical devices have caused injury, complication, and at worst, death.
According to the website of Evans Moore, LLC, injured patients may have legal options to take, such as product liability claims against the responsible parties.
Common medical devices with defects
IVC Filters: Also known as Inferior Vena Cava Filter, an IVC Filter is a surgically implanted device designed to prevent blood clots from going to the heart or lungs and avoid complications.
Power Morcellators: These are surgical devices used to cut up tissues into smaller pieces to allow the medical staff to perform complex operations. But if there are hidden cancerous cells on the affected tissues, these devices may help spread cancer into the patient’s body.
Replacements: Replacements are medical devices that promise to restore bodily functions and relieve pain. There are replacements for different parts of the body, such as for shoulders, hips, and knees.
Transvaginal Meshes: These are interlaced structures used to support the uterus, bladder, and other body parts so they would not descend into the patient’s vagina.
Common issues in defective medical devices
Contamination: A device may be contaminated before or after it has been surgically implanted. This may pose dangers, especially in the form of infections and device fracturing.
Device Migration: The device or a part of it migrating to another body part may pose problems in the side of the patient. This may also result into long surgery times on retrieving the device, especially if has migrated into an inaccessible area.
Fracture: Fracturing or breaking of a surgically implanted device can lead to device migration, organ perforation, and other dangers. This mainly occurs because of poor design and materials and over stress.
Organ Perforation: Organs can also be punctured because the medical device has a pointy structure or has a part that has migrated and pierced a tissue or organ.