Medical Device:

St Jude Aortic Connector

The St. Jude Symmetry Bypass Aortic Connector has been linked to respiratory failure, heart attacks and even deaths. Adverse effects of this connector include failed deployment, valve leakage, occlusion and graft narrowing. The St. Jude Symmetry Bypass Aortic Connector is often used in “off machine” or “beating heart” bypass surgery. These surgeries are very popular because they do not require the patient to be hooked up to a lung machine during the surgery. The aortic connector allows doctors to attach leg vein grafts to the aorta without clamping the aorta or without sutures. The device was approved in 2001.

Despite reports of adverse side effects, St. Jude Medical did not conduct clinical tests or trials on a substantial portion of post-cardiac bypass patients. They also have failed to make changes to the design in order to reduce the risk of heart attacks and respiratory failure. St. Jude Medical has also neglected to contact physicians and patients to warn of the danger.