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Understanding the Risks of Medical Implants

Medical implants can take the place of a missing body part or deliver much needed medication. However, if these devices are defective or implanted improperly by a doctor, the consequences can be life threatening.

As San Diego medical malpractice attorneys, we want to make sure that patients understand the risks of these medical devices. The risks of medical implants include surgical risks during placement or removal, infection, and implant failure. In addition, because of the way medical devices are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), many devices may not undergo thorough testing and patient safety checks.

Given the risks, the FDA recommends asking your doctor the following questions before agreeing to a medical implant procedure:

  • Will my implant be permanent or removable? If the device is permanent, find out how long it should last. If the device is removable, find out how long it will be implanted in you and what factors will determine when it can come out.
  • What material will the implant be made from? Make sure you are not allergic to any of the components in the implant.
  • How many of these procedures have you done? The more experience a doctor has with inserting implants, the better the outcome may be.
  • What are the complication rates from the procedure? Make sure you understand the risks of the surgery, infection, and device failure.
  • What are the benefits of the procedure? Make sure you understand how the device will benefit you and if it will affect your quality of life.

If something goes wrong with your medical device, you may be able to bring an injury claim. In some cases, the doctor may have made a mistake during the procedure. In other cases, the medical device may have been defective. In any event, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries.