Just as it’s important to know which prescription drugs have been found to be the most dangerous, it’s key to know which medical devices to look out for as well. Like drugs, medical devices must also go through testing before they can be accepted into the market, but the testing often falls short. Either the devices are improperly tested, are not tested enough, or the results are not fully reported. Innocent patients just like you are then the victims of serious damage and injuries—some reversible and some not.
We have compiled a list of the most dangerous medical devices right here for you. If you have suffered because of any of the following, or if you know someone who has, it is extremely important that you contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible, as you could be eligible for significant financial compensation. You may be facing revision surgery to correct the damage done by the initial surgery, which will not be cheap or easy to come by.
Defective Metal-on-Metal Knee and Hip Replacements
Side effects: the release of metallic debris in the body from everyday wear; this can damage nearby tissue and bone and create complications in the heart, thyroid gland, and nervous system; possible side effects include metal toxicity, bone dissolution, necrosis (premature cell death), and the formation of pseudotumors (non-cancerous)
Side effects: the spread of uterine cancer
Side effects: organ damage from device migration and/or breakage
Essure Birth Control
Side effects: organ perforation, autoimmune diseases, extreme pain, and possible damage to babies
Side effects: organ perforation, severe pain during daily activities and intercourse, and recurrent infections
Mirena Intrauterine Device (IUD)
Side effects: organ perforation and device expulsion
NuvaRing Birth Control
Side effects: life-threatening blood clots, which can lead to heart attack, stroke, and death
INFUSE Bone Graft
Side effects: severe back pain, difficulty breathing, leg pain, and implant failure
These are just a handful of the medical devices that have been found to cause adverse reactions, but there are many, many more. We encourage you to look through Drugwatch’s more complete list of dangerous medical devices.
Don’t recognize any of these devices? Even so, we encourage you to contact a personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Martinson & Beason, P.C. will sit down with you, review the details of your case, and advise you as to your legal options.
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