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Recieved the Wrong Surgical Implant


In 2000, I went into a surgery for my TMJ Joint. If needed, I agreed to a homograft (tissue or organ transplanted from a donor of the same species but different genetic makeup), but I only agreed to this. A silastic (flexible, inert silicone elastomer) implant was what the doctor put inside my head, after he removed the entire front portion of my right ear to get to the joint by open arthroscopy (a surgical procedure orthopedic surgeons use to visualize, diagnose, and treat problems inside a joint). In short, the wrong implant was put into my body. Less than 5 months later it had to be removed, and 5 years after this I would discover the entire joint condylar head was cut off!


I have pain, daily, and the medical records were withheld by both the dentist and the doctor. I found out later that the surgeon did not have regular privileges at any hospital, and I believe he only had authorization to do my surgery due to the nerve specialist he used! We cannot assure this, but if I can I will file suit! Was that homograft the implant I signed for in that room, and was it defrosted like he explained to us (me and my hubby)? I feel it was not even available. That homograft is all I agreed to: why does the insurance company refuse to say why he wasn’t paid for over a year and refuse to say why there was such a discrepancy? And the silastic implant was also black label by FDA the year before! Insurance denied the implant’s removal! And more!