Medical devices and implants are designed to enhance the lives of patients by providing medical support and improving mobility. However, not all medical devices are free from risks. In some cases, patients may receive defective medical implants that lead to serious complications and require additional surgeries. Recognizing the signs of a defective medical device is crucial for seeking timely medical attention and taking appropriate legal action.

Here are common signs:

  1. Severe pain: Persistent, severe pain is a red flag that something may be wrong with your medical device. While it is common to experience some pain immediately after surgery, it should gradually decrease during the healing process. If you notice that the pain persists or suddenly appears weeks, months or even years after the implantation, it could indicate that the device is either defective or was implanted incorrectly. Never ignore unrelenting pain, as it may be a warning sign of a serious problem that requires medical attention.
  2. Bleeding: Internal bleeding can be difficult to detect, but certain signs may indicate a problem with your medical device. Unexplained bruising and darkening of the skin near the implantation site could be indicative of internal bleeding caused by a defective device damaging nearby muscles, tendons or tissues. In some cases, bleeding may also be observable externally, especially with devices like surgical and transvaginal mesh. Frequent or constant bleeding can lead to weakness, anemia, fainting and other severe complications.
  3. Impaired mobility: Many medical devices, such as joint replacements, are intended to improve mobility. However, defective devices can have the opposite effect, leading to reduced mobility or joint instability. Improperly designed joint replacements or inflammation caused by the device can hinder movement and cause pain. In some cases, the components of joint replacements may degrade over time, leading to a weakening of the device and reduced support for movement and weight-bearing.
  4. Recalled device: Monitoring product recalls is essential, especially for patients with medical devices. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) maintains a database of recalled drugs, supplements, foods and medical devices on its website. If your medical device has been recalled, it may indicate that it poses safety risks and has the potential for defects. Check the FDA’s website periodically to see if your device has ever been subject to a recall.

If you experience severe pain, unexplained bleeding, impaired mobility or your medical device has been recalled, seek immediate medical attention and consult with the Law Offices of Tim Misny.

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