For many people, medical devices and implants are life-saving. They can help reduce symptoms of serious diseases, increase mobility, reduce pain, and even ensure that a person’s heart continues beating properly.
But for others, medical devices and implants can cause a host of complications, pain, and illness. The dangers of medical implants are two-fold. First, doctors and surgeons can make mistakes when prescribing medical devices, surgically implanting devices, or caring for patients post-op. Second, medical devices can be inherently dangerous due to poor manufacturing, design flaws, or low-quality components.
If you’re about to receive an implanted medical device, ask these questions:
- Are there known side effects or complications associated with the device? As a patient, you have the right to be informed about your condition and all treatment options, including their potential risks, side effects, and complications.
- Is the device removable or permanent? There’s always a risk of complications when a foreign object is implanted into the body. Removable devices are more easily taken out, but permanent implants can require major surgery to remove.
Being as informed as possible about the risks and reversibility of an implant before you agree to surgery can help you make the right decision for yourself and for your loved ones.
If you were injured or became ill after receiving a medical device implant, the defective medical device lawyers at Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough want to help. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.