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Common problems with medical implants

Today, patients can enjoy a wealth of medical options and technology that have developed over the course of the digital age. Many treatments have become safer and successful more frequently. However, many procedures, including implants, still carry a high risk of complications.

Regardless of the kind of implant you need or choose, any external object has the potential to create problems inside the body. In fact, the FDA classifies implanted parts and devices in the Class III category, which is reserved for medical tools that present the highest risk. Although implants need premarket approval, some patients still experience serious issues.

Infection

A very common side effect of getting an implant is developing an infection near the object or surgical site. While some infections are mild and treatable, others require the removal of the implant, which forces a patient to undergo a second procedure. Surgeons and doctors should prevent contamination as much as possible by sterilizing equipment beforehand.

Allergic reaction

Most people don't realize that they are allergic to a certain metal or chemical until they have a reaction to it. However, nobody should have to discover an allergy to an object that they can't escape. Doctors should rule out allergies ahead of an implantation procedure to reduce this risk.

Deterioration

Over time, implants may break down. In some cases, patients might need a replacement every few years to prevent deterioration. In other cases, the implant might degrade at a faster rate than it should. Fragments of the device could break off and travel to other parts of the body, causing pain and damage. Implant manufacturers are responsible for fully testing their products to determine durability and effectiveness.

Malfunction and shifting

Implants should function as the manufacturer claims. There are many ways an implant might malfunction with dangerous outcomes. Pacemakers, hearing implants and other electric devices should not shock you. Implants should also remain in place after the procedure. If it isn't fit or attached correctly, metal and sharp edges can tear organs.

Ideally, medical implants should save or improve your life. Because these devices are so critical, manufacturers and doctors must make sure that you receive the best experience possible. If something does go awry with your implant or procedure, you may wish to seek legal advice. Even if your doctor assures you that nothing is wrong, you may want a second opinion.

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