Every year in the United States, millions of people go through medical treatments and surgeries to help them with their health issues. However, these treatments also come with risks. There is the potential of medical malpractice or a recall on, for example, a metal hip replacement. Many thousands of hip replacement pieces have been recalled in the United States in the past years, which means that those patients who have the device inside their bodies will need another surgery to get the piece removed. This increases the patient’s health risks and medical expenses.
It is assumed by most consumers that these devices have been thoroughly tested for safety. However, that is not the case. Most manufacturers do not conduct proper safety testing on these pieces. Manufacturers limit themselves, often, to paying the FDA fee, and they immediately start selling the product without further testing.
Before getting any implant in their bodies, patients must ask their doctors about the safety of the device and security tests. They should also contact the manufacturer and ask questions about testing and what makes that device appropriate for the patient’s situation. There are many potential medical dangers involved with implants, and it’s up to the patient to do his research before making a decision.