Posts Tagged 'hip impants'

Smith & Nephew Hip Resurfacing Devices Continue to Cause Health Issues

birmingham hip resurfacing system continues to cause problemsAn article published in The Sydney Morning Herald reports on a range of Smith & Nephew patients who continue to suffer from failed hip replacement and hip resurfacing devices even after revision surgery. One woman, from Charlton in Victoria, talks about the numerous health complications that stemmed from and persist after her Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing operation.

Smith & Nephew is a UK-based medical device manufacturer ...

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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 ...

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Recalls a factor in CEO’s departure

An Associated Press story about the imminent retirement of longtime Johnson & Johnson CEO Bill Weldon mentions his company’s succession of product recalls over the last two years.

Weldon became the company’s CEO in 2002.

According to the story, there were more than two dozen recalls of nonprescription drugs and at least two for prescription drugs since 2009.

There were also recalls of about 25 medical devices and consumer products. Federal regulators have had three of the company’s factories under scrutiny, and shut ...

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50,000 U.K. patients need yearly testing from hip implant

About 50,000 hip replacement patients in England and Wales will require annual medical tests to ensure that their metal-on-metal hip implants aren’t causing them potentially crippling complications, British newspaper The Independent reports.

That reflects the number of patients with large hip implants who will need annual blood tests to check their metal ion levels, including about 10,000 people with implants manufactured by DePuy, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

The risk with the metal-on-metal implants – which use a metal coating for ...

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British surgeons: Ban metal-on-metal hip joints

The British Hip Society, consisting of surgeons and scientists who work with the hip joint, has issued a recommendation that the use of metal-on-metal hip implants be discontinued because of their high early failure rate.

The Daily Telegraph quotes Joe Dias, president of the British Orthopaedic Association, as saying that about 5.5 percent of the large metal-on-metal implants – in which the ball and the socket are both coated with metal — needed to be replaced because of wear-and-tear within five ...

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Frequent, long-term monitoring recommended for hip implants

According to an article in the New York Times, British health regulators are recommending that patients who received a certain type of metal-on-metal hip implant get annual examinations for as long as they have the devices, because of concerns that the implants will shed pieces of metallic debris as they wear.

Previously, the health regulators had recommended that the patients be monitored for five years. But recent data show the hip implants in question – consisting of both a ball and ...

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