August 5th, 2019| Medical devices range from joint replacements and surgical meshes to birth control implants and blood clot filters. These products are designed to improve patients’ quality of life and alleviate their symptoms, but many of them pose risks when they’re implanted inside patients’ bodies. Like all products, medical devices can be defective for many different reasons. Some medical devices may be inherently dangerous due to flawed designs, while others may be dangerous due to the usage of inferior components during the manufacturing process. It’s up to medical device manufacturers to ensure their products are safe for patients, but they don’t always do that. If you or someone you love received a medical device, it’s important to be on the lookout for signs that it may be defective or dangerous. Common symptoms may include:
- Bleeding—When medical devices break apart inside the body or move and press into tissue or organs, they can cause bleeding.
- Pain—Medical devices may be painful at first, but they should be almost unnoticeable after patients heal. However, defective medical devices may cause extreme pain even long after patients have healed.
- Reduced mobility—Joint replacements are supposed to make it easier for patients to get around, but when they’re defective, patients may struggle to use their affected joints.