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Just How Safe Are Our Modern Medical Devices?

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Birth control implants, pacemakers, insulin pumps, breast implants, and gastric weight loss balloons are all common examples of medical devices moms are using to stay healthy, plan their families, and feel confident about their looks. If you’re considering using a medical device, you are probably wondering, are they safe?

Most medical devices operate as intended. However, a small percentage of patients will experience problems due to manufacturing and design defects or negligent marketing. Most people who use medical devices end up being fine. If you’re one of the unlucky ones who experience complications, “being fine” might quickly become a thing of the past

The best thing you can do if you have concerns about a medical device is to discuss them with your physician. It also helps to do your homework and find out as much as you can about the device. This article is a good starting point.

Moms Who Have Invented Medical Devices

Plenty of mothers rely on medical devices to live their best possible lives. Many moms have also invented medical devices to solve problems they had in their own lives. One of these was Shelly Henry of Oklahoma City, a single mom whose daughter nearly died while battling chronic pain.

Ms. Henry invented a medical device to cure her daughter’s chronic pain. Some of the other medical devices that have been invented by mothers include:

  • A device that measures cervix dilation
  • Morning sickness relief acupressure bands
  • A GERD monitoring system
  • A laser to dissolve cataracts in the eye

Medical devices have helped countless people. They are the reason certain individuals are able to continue living at all. It is impossible to overstate their importance in our lives or the importance of moms who have invented them. That said, complications can and do happen.

Complications of Defective Medical Devices

One reason medical devices can cause injuries is the fact that 99% of devices never had to provide clinical data to prove their safety. This is because the 2002 Medical Devices User Fee Act required the FDA to use the easiest possible means of approval. It’s hard to believe, but some devices have entered the market without having patient trials.

According to one study, medical devices have caused more than 80,000 deaths since 2008. While this figure is imposing, it’s important to keep in mind that millions of Americans rely on medical devices. One of them could end up being you if it isn’t already. The following are two of the common medical device injuries moms may face.

Transvaginal Mesh

Transvaginal mesh used to treat stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse, which, unfortunately, a lot of us do. However, to date, more than 108,000 lawsuits have been filed after women reported experiencing complications like organ perforation, infection, pain, bleeding, and autoimmune diseases.

Birth Control Devices

Thousands of women filed lawsuits against Bayer, the manufacturer of the Essure permanent birth control implant. The device worked by inserting small metal and fiber coils into the fallopian tubes, and it works by creating scar tissue buildup. Essure has been linked to complications that include uterine and fallopian tube perforation.

What to Do if You Are Injured

If you believe your injury was caused by a defective medical device, you can click here to learn more about your options. When people are injured or killed by these devices, they deserve to see that justice is served by holding the manufacturers accountable.

Until quality standards and regulation are improved, defective medical devices will always be around. A lawsuit will demand that manufacturers, doctors, and medical device marketers do more to make sure patients are safe.

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