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Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are devices designed to keep blood clots from reaching the heart and lungs. However, the filters have been linked to severe complications.
Hernia meshes like Ethicon's Physiomesh and Atrium's C-Qur have been linked to severe side effects and revision surgeries, spawning lawsuits by patients.
The 3T heater-cooler helps regulate the temperatures of patients during invasive surgery, but research shows it can also expose them to deadly bacterial infections.
The Essure permanent birth control system is linked to thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths. The FDA has ordered Essure to carry a "black box" warning.
Textured breast implants have been linked to a rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), prompting lawsuits by patients.
Stryker Orthopaedics has produced several metal-on-metal (MoM) hip implants that do not function as they should, leading to recalls, revision surgeries, and lawsuits.
DePuy recently issued a Class I recall of its Synthes Radial Head Prosthesis System, an elbow implant that can cause serious complications for patients.
Power morcellators—medical devices resembling hand-held blenders that are used for minimally-invasive surgical procedures—may spread and worsen cancer in women.
The Bair Hugger patient warming device may stir up contaminants during surgery, leading to deep joint infections, lengthy recoveries, and other complications.
Transvaginal surgical mesh, used to treat conditions associated with pelvic muscle weakness in women, is associated with serious complications and the need for revision surgery.
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