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Explaining hip replacement revisions

Posted on August 30th, 2011 No Comments

A hip replacement revision is a surgery that is done when an individual has a defective or old hip replacement and needs to have it replaced with a new hip implant.  The difference between an old and a defective hip implant has to do with how long the replacement has worked properly. Successful hip implants […]

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Johnson & Johnson hires outside firm to handle ASR recall, complaints

Posted on August 25th, 2011 No Comments

Johnson & Johnson, owner of DePuy Orthopaedics, recently announced that they have hired an outside firm, Broadspire Services, to manage complaints regarding their recalled ASR hip replacement. Broadspire Services will review consumer complaints about the recalled hip implant — a practice that is usually done by the company that issued the recall.  As a result, […]

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FDA experiences surge in metal-on-metal hip implant complaints

Posted on August 23rd, 2011 No Comments

According to The New York Times, the Food and Drug Administration has experienced a dramatic surge in complaints concerning failed metal-on-metal hip implants like the DePuy ASR hip implant, after studies suggested that the artificial hips are dangerous and defective. The FDA has received a total of more than 5,000 complaints about defective metal-on-metal hip […]

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Replacing a defective hip implant

Posted on August 18th, 2011 No Comments

The DePuy ASR hip implants produced after July 2003 were recalled for causing a number of problems in many patients.  If you have experienced problems with your hip implant or are aware that you have a defective DePuy ASR hip implant, you may need to consult with a medical professional about replacing your hip implant. […]

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Problems associated with loose hip implants

Posted on August 16th, 2011 No Comments

Hip implants replace the ball and socket joint of the hip.  In order for these implants to stay in place, they must be attached to nearby bones as if they were the real hip joint. In most cases, hip implants are either pressed or cemented onto the pelvic and femur bones.  If for some reason […]

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Experts say there is lag between recall and product removal

Posted on August 11th, 2011 No Comments

Recent attention on medical device and pharmaceutical reviews and recalls has some experts pointing out the problem with lag time between when a product is recalled and when it is actually removed from the shelves of hospitals and other distributors. According to the Food and Drug Administration, “In recent years, the agency has experienced significant […]

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How to identify a hip fracture

Posted on August 9th, 2011 No Comments

Although one might think that the signs of a hip fracture would be obvious, at times the pain and symptoms related to a hip fracture can more subtle and mistaken for something other than a fracture. If you have a recalled DePuy hip replacement, you may want to watch out for some of the less […]

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Institute of Medicine calls for medical device regulation reform

Posted on August 3rd, 2011 No Comments

Last Friday, the Institute of Medicine announced that they believe that medical device regulation in the U.S. needs complete reform.  The current system for regulating medical devices like hip replacements, pacemakers, and contact lenses has been used for 35 years. The Food and Drug Administration and device manufactures expressed disagreement with the Institute’s review of […]

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