After an initial golden age of promise, the medical implant industry has suffered a sharp backlash in recent years. Numerous implant systems and technologies have either failed to perform as promised or done more harm than good — some have even killed people. As recipients of these faulty devices have gone to the press or to court, the reputation of the medical implant industry has been dragged through the mud and then some.
While obviously a hip replacement can’t “kill” the way a heart-attack can, a defective device can set off a sequence of events and conditions that can lead to serious harm or even death. And it happens far more often than we think, particularly because the manufacturers of these devices do not want anyone to know how often it happens.