Usually, when a medical device is found to be faulty, it’s subjected to a recall, but this only applies to hospitals and doctors who are specialized in such surgeries, not the patients themselves. These recalls are usually conducted surreptitious, under the radar, leaving the patients oblivious to any potential problems, until the patients notice the problem, or until it’s too late. Even in the best-case scenario, when the patient is aware of the problem, another surgery would be required, which would present a new set of risks along with another long recovery period. This would then include loss of wages, pain, and suffering, and the cost of the corrective surgery itself.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there have been hundreds of recalls for the past decade. With all those challenges, the recipient of the implant must also be vigilant when it comes to the statute of limitations. It’s, therefore, paramount that the patient notifies any complications or discomfort as soon as possible, and ideally seeks an opinion from a different doctor in a different clinic or hospital.
Given all the issues and costs involved with medical implants, it’s best to thoroughly research the exact model of the device you are to receive. Don’t just transfer this critical responsibility to your doctor as you never know where their financial interest may lie.