The medical malpractice covers do not only cover the negligence or errors caused by the doctors or other medical professionals, but also injuries caused by the ineffective or faulty surgical tools or devices that are installed in the patients’ body. When such issues are discovered, the repair work could be too expensive and sometimes it can result in damage to the original body condition. First, the equipment that is used to perform the surgery can be faulty even if the doctor has carried out the procedure correctly. A better understanding of the medical device injury cases can be of help if you want to hire an attorney to handle such a case. There are two such device failures – fault products and surgical tools.
The faulty product such as transvaginal mesh is a common example of such cases. This is a synthetic plastic that is developed to help women who suffer from prolapsed bladder, but there are intended consequences that might result due to this. In this typical surgery, the doctors insert the net-like plastic into the pelvis via the vagina and anchor it in position. The mesh is meant to function similar to a hammock that will hold the pelvic organs in the position. The mesh has been effective and non-invasive in most cases, but in some others it has encroached onto the organs and grown into the tissue of the uterus and bladder. The removal of this mesh is quite painful and results in further damage leaving problems in the patients that will need multiple surgeries.
Even faulty devices such as power morcellators are risky to the patients. This is a power tool that will aid the surgeons who perform hysterectomies through laparoscopic or robotic surgical procedures. In such surgeries, the morcellator will break up the tissues into small pieces that can be extracted through small incisions for easy removal. For some patients who had a single pre-cancerous cell, the cancer that was confined to a specific location was spread all over the pelvis causing more risk.