If implanted medical devices fail, as one of Witter’s metal plates did, patients and their insurers usually have to pay for repairs. “I hate to pay for it again, and the doctor clearly said it wasn’t anything I did,” she said.

If implanted medical devices fail, as one of Witter’s metal plates did, patients and their insurers usually have to pay for repairs. “I hate to pay for it again, and the doctor clearly said it wasn’t anything I did,” she said.