Penile Implants----Is the Man. liable for product failure?

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/26/2009 12:29 AM (GMT -6)   
cry  I have read all of the posts and replies and nothing has been mentioned about the cost involved when an implant fails. I am 60 and am facing my 5Th implant revision. All of the previous four have failed within the five year warranty period. It is interesting to note that the warranty inures to the hospital not the patient. These revisions are not cheap and they are very serious and complicated procedures. In my case I have a three piece AMS model unknown. Where I reside there are only five surgeons that perform implant surgeries and all five are out of network which substantially increases my out of pocket expenses. I have been given a ballpark figure of over $50,000.00 of which I have a $500.00 deductible and 30% of the total bill. I did not cause this failure.
What is the responsibility on the part of AMS? Or is there any? I Look forward to any comments and experiences.

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 3/26/2009 12:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Nero,
Welcome to HealingWell. This is a great site for the kind of support you are asking for. I am not qualified to answer this question. This is an interesting point however. I remember when silicone breast implants were leaking into the ladies. There was a manufacturer defect. But I do not recall who had to pay for the replacements. I am certain the manufacturer paid for the replacements but who paid for the procedure may depend on if the surgeon err'ed or the product failed. It will be hard to prove you misused it. These are just my thoughts, but again I am not qualified to suggest who would pay for a replacement. Have you contacted AMS?

Peace, and again welcome.

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