Recent Defective Medical Devices
We advocate for clients who have been injured by a wide variety of defective medical devices, including:
- Bair Hugger Forced Air Warming Blankets – The Bair Hugger (made by 3M) is a patient warming blanket inflated with warm air. They are used in surgeries to warm patients in the air conditioned operating rooms. Doctors are now concerned that these forced air warming devices do not filter out bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This bacteria enters deep joints, such as those exposed in knee and hip surgeries, which causes an infection weeks or months after surgery.
- Hip implants – There are also many complications from defective hip implants, which in the most common situation involve the replacement of both the hip socket and the head of the femur, which is really just a ball and socket mechanism. When both components are made of metal, such as cobalt and chromium, they can cause complications due to the corrosion of the metal, often involving local swelling and decreased mobility, and requiring revision surgery. Other severe side effects involve crippling injuries from metallic debris from the implants as they wear over time and metal poisoning, also known as metallosis, with its own set of symptoms such as fatigue, loss of cognitive function, confusion and headaches.
- IVC filters – Retrievable inferior vena cava filters (IVC filters) are small, metal devices designed to stop a blood clot from traveling to the lungs. Although many patients take blood thinners to stop blood clots, doctors use IVCs on patients who cannot. The device resembles a metal cage and is surgically inserted into a patient’s inferior vena cava, a large vein in the abdomen, where it is intended to capture clots on the way to the lungs. Serious consequences arise when the filter migrates away from their surgically positioned location, which either renders it ineffective or causes the device itself to puncture a vein, causing internal bleeding, or fracture apart and cause other severe complications. There are a number of manufacturers, but the most prominent are C.R. Bard and Cook Medical.
- Transvaginal mesh – Transvaginal mesh was used for many years to treat pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI) in women, wherein the mesh or sling product was implanted to support lower abdominal organs that were falling out of place due to weakened muscles. Harmful consequences associated with the implantation of mesh include its erosion into the vaginal wall or other organs, infections, bleeding, urinary problems and organ perforation, which often require surgery or multiple surgeries in an effort to correct the problems. Unfortunately, there are times where these physical symptoms cannot be fully resolved, which can then lead to extreme depression.