Riskiest Medical Products

In this time of unprecedented knowledge and innovation, amazing new medical advances are made daily. It’s no wonder that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved nearly all medical devices in 2015, this past year saw some truly game-changing products introduced into the medical scene. However, they can’t all be winners. There are thousands of incredibly high-risk medical products recalled by the FDA each year, but many other high-risk products remain in use.

According to law firm Williams Kherkher, morcellators, or medical instruments used in hysterectomies or myomectomies to remove noncancerous growths, have proven to be dangerous. These instruments have recently been found by the FDA to worsen undiscovered early-stage cancer by spreading the cancerous tissue around the operation site.
Pharmaceuticals are one of the most commonly abused medical products and are often overprescribed because of misdiagnosis or a doctor’s relationship with the company that produces the pharmaceutical.

Pharmaceutical drugs can be very dangerous when used by patients that don’t need them or abused by patients who do. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, this abuse can lead to drug dependency, liver damage, heart attacks, kidney problems, and even death. The most commonly abused drugs are opioids like Vicodin, depressants like Valium, and stimulants like Adderall.

Transvaginal surgical mesh is intended to safely reinforce the vaginal wall in order to prevent prolapse and incontinence, but over time it has proven to be less reliable than initially believed according to the Williams Kherkher firm. The FDA has found that faulty surgical mesh can lead to complications such as organ perforation, vaginal scarring, and urinary problems.

Additionally, several kinds of hip replacement devices have been making the news in the past few years for all of the complications that have resulted from the replacements including tissue damage, inflammation, and metal poisoning.

Though not always dangerous when the right doctors, screenings, and device brands are used under completely controlled conditions, each of these medical products can be very high-risk and may merit extra consideration before or after being used.