Based on our experience, the most common faulty medical devices are listed below:
Jude Medical Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs): A device used to monitor a patient’s heart and provide electrical charges to keep the heart operating correctly. If the batteries die in an ICD or if the device fails, it can lead to serious problems or death.
Heart stents: Stents are used to keep arteries open and flowing; however, they can cause blood clots and other complications that can threaten a patient’s life.
SyncroMed drug pumps: The pumps regulate the amount of medicine given to patients. When a malfunction occurs, patients may get too much or not enough medicine causing injury and even death.
IVC Filters: These small devices can prevent dangerous blood clots from reaching a patient’s heart and lungs. Some are meant to be used temporarily, while others are permanent. However, these filters can cause additional problems because sometimes the devices fracture or migrate in the body, causing serious injury to organs.
Essure birth control: Essure is a permanently implanted birth control product that can cause severe abdominal damage if the device moves and punctures the uterus and fallopian tubes.
Metal-on-metal hip replacement: Metal hip replacements can cause allergic reactions, numbness, swelling, and mobility issues in patients. The devices can also lead to more severe complications such as neurological impairments, thyroid problems, and kidney impairment.
Transvaginal mesh: Doctors use this device to repair problems with pelvic organs, but transvaginal mesh can migrate in the body, break apart, and easily pierce surrounding tissue.
Hernia mesh: Often used to repair hernias, this mesh can lead to infections, and even move inside the body and perforate surrounding tissue and organs causing severe pain, nerve damage, and other serious complications, requiring additional surgery.