Our lawyers are now are investigating potential Thoratec HeartMateII lawsuits throughout the country in light of the recall issued last week for the Thoratec HeartMate II Left Ventricular Assist Systems (HM II LVAS) that had serial or catalogue numbers 1355 to 102139. The FDA has told patients with the Thoratec HeartMate II to contact their doctors.
The problem with the Thoratec HeartMate II is that the percutaneous lead that connects the Thoratec HeartMate II Left Ventrical Assist System with the System Controller has not, at least in some cases, been able to stand the test of time. Should this percutaneous lead fail, pump function could potentially be interrupted resulting in the need for surgery. The complications from this problem can range from minor to fatal. To date, there are reports of 5 deaths and at least 27 cases of wear and fatigue to the percutaneous lead requiring surgery to replace the blood pump. Different Thoratec HeartMate II patients are going to have different medical options to deal with this issue. Again, the FDA suggests that Thoratec HeartMate II patients contact their doctors for an evaluation of their condition and their options.
Thankfully, these defects with Thoratec HeartMate II have been caught fairly quickly. This product was just approved in April and only 2,000 patients have been implanted with the Thoratec HeartMate II, but this is no consolation to those 2,000 patients who have the device implanted in their chests.
If you or someone you care about has been injured by this Thoratec HeartMate II and would like to learn more about the Thoratec HeartMate II lawsuits that are pending around the country, call 800-553-6000.