The FDA states that recalls occur when a medical device is defective, when it could be a risk to health, or when it is both defective and a risk to health.
The number of recalls being recorded by the FDA has doubled in the last ten years and over a thousand medical devices are recalled every year. Some recalled devices can be avoided by simply discontinuing use or having them adjusted or fixed by a professional. However, with implanted devices like hip replacements, it’s not that easy.
In these cases, companies inform doctors of the recall. The doctors then contact their patients that could be affected by the defective device and discuss the options, which are often limited. Sometimes the patients must consider having another surgery or change their lifestyle to assure their implant does not fail. In some cases, the patients were already experiencing pain or other problems with their implants before they are informed of a recall.
These recalls can be devastating to individuals with implants and can cause dramatic changes in quality of life.
If you or someone you know have suffered from pain or complications because of a recalled medical device, we are here to help. Fill out the form for a free evaluation and you will be contacted by a patient advocate.