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Ceramic hip replacements may make squeaking noise

People with ceramic hip replacements may experience just months after surgery a squeaking sound when they walk, according to a study to be released by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. But doctors say it is likely nothing to be alarmed about. Authors of the study said that the squeaking nose is made by abnormal wear on the bearing surface, which leads to loss of normal lubrication and creates the noise. It does not cause pain or limited mobility and does not indicate potential problems with the artificial hip device. However, some people have had to have a second surgery ... Read More

Months after worldwide recall, FDA approves another DePuy artificial hip

A ceramic artificial hip system made by DePuy Orthopaedics has been approved for marketing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). DePuy’s new Ceramax Ceramic Total Hip System is a ceramic-on-ceramic artificial hip replacement system that is surgically implanted to completely replace a hip joint that is painful or cannot function because of arthritis, injury or dislocation. The system could replace another type of artificial hip implant made by DePuy, which was recalled last August after reports that the devices were failing at a higher than expected rate. DePuy’s new device consists of a metal hip stem that a doctor ... Read More

DePuy hip replacement lawsuits gaining momentum in Canada

Between 1,500 and 4,000 Canadians have received one of the defective ASR hip implant systems recalled by DePuy last August, and a growing number of patients whose lives have been adversely affected by the devices are seeking damages. Three class-action lawsuits have been filed against DePuy and its parent company Johnson & Johnson so far in Canada. The latest class-action suit was brought in December by a woman who alleges that DePuy and Johnson & Johnson knew that one out of every eight of their ASR hip implants was failing after just five years, leaving patients with severe pain, illness, ... Read More

Top 10 complications of hip replacement surgery

Hip replacement surgery is a necessary procedure when the hip joint has been damaged by injury or disease and when all other options, such as physical therapy and medication, have been exhausted. Unfortunately, even minor surgeries carry some risk of complications. Here are the top 10 problems that may arise following hip replacement surgery: 1. Blood clots in the veins of the legs. This is one of the most common problems associated with hip replacement surgery. This is a relatively minor problem unless the clot breaks loose and travels to the heart or the lungs. Your doctor may prescribe a ... Read More

Lack of testing, FDA shortcuts made DePuy hip recipients guinea pigs

The term “guinea pig” is often used jokingly by patients who feel that their medical treatment is underdeveloped or experimental. But when it comes to the Food and Drug Administration’s fast-track approval of certain medical devices such as DePuy’s ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing implants, “guinea pig” is sometimes an apt description. The FDA often approves medical devices without requiring proper clinical testing if the manufacturer demonstrates that the new unproven device is substantially similar to an already-approved one. This process, called the 510k process, spares the manufacturer thousands of dollars in clinical testing and usually takes just ... Read More

Zsa Zsa doing well after amputation caused by hip implant infection

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has returned home after spending 10 days in the hospital where she underwent surgery to amputate her right leg above the knee, a last-ditch effort to stop an infection that had started in her artificial hip implant and spread to the bone. Zsa Zsa, who will turn 94 next week, underwent hip replacement surgery in July after falling in her Beverly Hills home. Infections are one of the main causes for amputation; however, the need to remove all or part of a leg due to an infection caused by hip implants is not common. Most artificial ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson earnings drop due to artificial hip, product recalls

The recall of artificial hips made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, along with multiple recalls of over-the-counter drugs, also made by Johnson & Johnson, have taken a toll on the world’s largest health-products maker. The company posted a net income of $1.94 billion, or 70 cents a share, compared with $2.21 billion, or 79 cents a share, for the same period in 2009. This year’s quarter isn’t getting off to a stellar start either, with a $922 million charge to cover costs related solely to the recall of Johnson & Johnson/DePuy Orthopaedics hip replacement systems. Overall, ... Read More

Five Chicago hip implant patients file lawsuits against DePuy

An ABC affiliate in Chicago reports that five Chicago area residents are filing lawsuits against DePuy Orthopedics, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, over their defective hip implant devices. According to ABC 7 Chicago, the DePuy hip implant recipients accuse the manufacturer of ignoring evidence that the hip implant devices were defective and then acting too slowly to recall them. The implants contain large metal-on-metal components which with friction release potentially toxic heavy metals into the bloodstream and surrounding tissue. DePuy artificial hip recipients across the United States have reported symptoms associated with metalosis or metal poisoning because of the faulty ... Read More

Hip replacement surgery complications

Hip replacement surgeries are required once medical treatment has been deemed ineffective or a disease has progressed to severity. The indications for surgery include severe pain, loss of movements, and the inability to perform activities of daily life. While the surgery can help reduce pain and restore mobility, hip replacement surgery is a major, invasive process and complications may occur. During surgery, nerves in the vicinity of the total joint replacement may be damaged. While this is a rare complication, it is more likely to occur when the surgery involves correction of major joint deformity or lengthening of a shortened ... Read More

Precautions should be taken after hip replacement surgery

If you have had a total hip replacement, there are precautions you should take to avoid further injury. Your hip replacement surgery was likely recommended by your doctor to restore your mobility and reduce pain from damage to the hip joint. Surgery allowed your doctor to open the hip joint capsule. While this is a necessary part of the surgery, it puts the hip at risk for dislocating after surgery. Because of this, once patients have total hip replacement surgery, they should follow special precautions outlined by their doctors about which hip positions and movements need to be avoided to ... Read More