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Medical devices can improve your quality of life, help you manage chronic conditions, and even save your life in some circumstances. But when these devices fail, they can cause harm far worse than the original ailment they were supposed to alleviate. If you have suffered preventable harm due to a defective medical device, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses — and a Miami lawyer can help you get it.

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What Are Common and Recent Types of Defective Medical Devices?

In the rapidly evolving world of medical technology, devices like hernia meshes and pacemakers have offered groundbreaking solutions for myriad health issues. However, the promise of improved health and quality of life can turn into a nightmare when a device or product is defective. The following are the more common and recent ones.

Hernia Meshes

One common defect in hernia meshes is material degradation, where the mesh breaks down over time and fails to provide the intended support. This breakdown can result in a recurrence of the hernia. Additionally, some meshes adhere to the intestines or other internal organs, causing severe pain and potentially requiring surgical intervention. Another risk is migration, where the mesh moves from its original location, leading to complications like bowel obstruction or perforation.

Transvaginal Meshes

Defective transvaginal meshes can erode through vaginal tissues, often requiring additional surgeries to remove or replace the mesh. Furthermore, there are cases where the mesh punctures or perforates surrounding organs, leading to internal bleeding or infection. Infections, whether due to poor material quality or surgical complications, can have severe consequences and lead to additional health problems.

Philips CPAP, BiPAP, and Ventilator Devices

A range of Philips’ sleep and respiratory care devices like CPAPs, BiPAPs, and ventilators have faced recalls due to defects such as sound abatement foam issues. In some devices, this foam can degrade, and particles can enter the device’s air pathway, posing potential health risks to users. Additionally, some users have reported electrical faults, which compromise the safety and effectiveness of these devices.

Metal Hip Replacements

Patients with metal hip replacements have experienced numerous issues with potentially severe medical consequences. One example is metallosis, where metal particles from the hip replacement enter the bloodstream and cause metal poisoning. This condition requires prompt medical treatment and could necessitate the removal of the device. Another common issue is loosening or dislocation of the device over time, causing pain and requiring revision surgery to fix or replace the implant.

IVC Filters

Common defects in inferior vena cava (IVC) filters include fractures and perforations. Fractures occur when parts break off of the filter and migrate to other areas of the body, posing a significant risk of embolism. Some defective IVC filters even perforate the inferior vena cava, leading to internal bleeding and other life-threatening complications. Both issues usually require emergency intervention and possibly surgical removal of the device.

MiniMed Insulin Pumps

Some MiniMed insulin pumps have had reported defects that directly affect diabetes management. One common malfunction involves dosage errors, where software or hardware issues lead to the wrong dosage of insulin being delivered. Such errors can have serious, immediate health repercussions for diabetic patients. Other problems include battery issues and retainer ring failures. If these components fail, the devices can become unusable, causing disruptions in insulin delivery.

Pacemakers

Pacemakers are critical for regulating heart rhythms in some patients, but they, too, can develop dangerous defects. Battery depletion is a particularly concerning issue. If the battery depletes earlier than expected, the device can stop functioning, putting the patient at risk of heart failure. Software glitches also occur in some defective pacemakers, causing irregular heart rhythms, inappropriate shocks, or other complications that endanger patient health.