As a neurosurgeon who focuses mainly on spine surgery, I sometimes use medical devices like pedicle screws and intervertebral cages to treat spinal instability. Watching the Netflix documentary “The Bleeding Edge” made me wonder what the misuse of medical technology means for patients and for doctors.
According to the video’s teaser, “This eye-opening look at the fast-growing medical device industry reveals how the rush to innovate can lead to devastating consequences for patients.” In a nutshell, “The Bleeding Edge” warns of the potential dangers posed by the cozy relationship between industry, doctors, and regulators.
It’s a relationship that’s hard to avoid. If asked, I would struggle to name a spine surgeon who hasn’t been to an industry-sponsored event — I certainly have — or a cardiologist who hasn’t had a drug rep buy lunch for the office at some point in their careers.