Are the medical devices you use safe? Millions of people depend on medical devices to move around and perform the normal activities of daily living. From hip replacement devices to birth control, to filters that catch deadly blood clots before they can reach the lungs or heart, we depend on medical devices to keep us mobile, healthy, strong, and safe. But not all of them do.
Recent Medical Device Investigations
- IVC Filter – IVC filters, used to catch blood clots, are breaking and causing metal parts to migrate through the body and may damage the heart or the lungs and cause internal bleeding.
- Essure IUD – Essure birth control device has been linked to serious adverse events including heavy bleeding, organ perforation, migration of the IUD, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic pain, spontaneous miscarriage, and even death.
- Mirena IUD – More than 45,000 adverse events have been associated with the Mirena birth control implant, including device expulsion, migration, uterine embedment, uterine perforation, and a disabling condition known as Pseudotumor Cerebri (PTC) or Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) where fluid builds on brain causing damage to the optic nerve and a host of other issues.
- Stryker Hip Replacement – the mixed-metal union of the Stryker Meridian, Accolade, or Citation TMZF stem and the LFIT-V40 chromium and cobalt head may fret, corrode, and shed metal particulates into the bloodstream and cause permanent bone and tissue damage and a dangerous condition called metallosis, or metal toxicity.