Product News and Recalls

Joint replacement up, despite problems

A recent report in the Boston Globe takes note of a growing trend that involves younger people requesting joint replacement surgery.

More people in the demographic that doctors have dubbed “young actives” – those in the 45-to-64 age group – are getting the surgery not for basic mobility, but to maintain their athletic lifestyles.

The report notes that the number of joint replacements has risen steadily over the last two decades, despite complaints about problems with the procedures and the need for second surgeries.

Specifically, the report mentions Johnson & Johnson’s 2010 recall of hip replacement implants made by its DePuy Orthopaedics division because of higher-than-expected rates of early failure.

If you received one of those hip implants, you may be eligible for legal compensation that goes beyond the medical expense reimbursement that Johnson & Johnson/DePuy is now offering. Contact Lopez McHugh for a free evaluation.

See the story here:

http://www.boston.com/business/personalfinance/articles/2012/02/26/demand_for_knee_and_hip_replacement_growing_among_class_of_young_actives/