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Patients with total hip replacements more susceptible to dangerous falls

Patients undergoing total hip replacements are more likely to have more serious falls than other orthopedic patients, and these serious falls occur earlier than most falls – two days postoperatively rather than 4 days, when most falls occur, according to a study presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology. The study also identified factors involved in patient falls that could help hospitals devise strategies to reduce these types of falls. Researchers from the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York say the findings suggest that patients who undergo total hip replacements should be monitored closely, ... Read More

Artificial hip maker faces another lawsuit for defective device

Annie O’Neill, 67, called herself an active, flexible and tireless nature enthusiast who enjoyed hiking and rock climbing. But after surgery to implant an artificial hip that was later deemed defective, Annie was left cautiously walking with the aide of a hiking stick on even the smoothest surfaces. Just 14 months after her artificial joint was implanted, she had to go under the knife again so that doctors could remove the defective part and replace it with a new one. Annie says she should never have had to go through the pain and discomfort from the faulty joint, nor the ... Read More

Lawsuit filed against artificial hip manufacturer

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – Another artificial hip manufacturer is being sued for not warning patients or doctors that the device could fail and require a second surgery to replace the prosthesis. Joe Dean Krack and Gerald Krack filed suit in federal court in New Orleans against Zimmer Inc., makers of the Zimmer VerSys System which included a hip femoral head. They claim that the artificial hip Joe Dean received in July 2005 was faulty, causing him pain, weakness and disability due to a problem with the femoral head. He had to be readmitted for surgery in October 2009 to have ... Read More

Lawsuits filed over defective artificial hip parts

Cincinnati, Ohio – A class action lawsuit has been filed against the makers of an artificial hip system in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati on behalf of several people who received the defective product during hip replacement surgery and then suffered excruciating pain. Those suing are asking for financial compensation as well as court-supervised medical monitoring at no cost to them. Late last summer, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, announced a recall of artificial hip parts that were found to be defective. The parts involved are the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR Hip ... Read More

DePuy accused of using deceptive tactics for hip recall defense

People suffering from pain and disability from faulty hip replacement devices made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, are urged not to share information with DePuy, Johnson & Johnson, or allow a physician to release medical records to a third party company as that information may be used against a plaintiff as evidence in court. At the end of August, DePuy and Johnson & Johnson announced they were recalling parts used for hip replacements because of the high rate of repeat surgeries needed by people who had received the implants. An estimated 93 million people are affected ... Read More

Woman files lawsuit over defective hip replacement system

Just months after Jacqueline Lum had an artificial hip joint surgically implanted in her left hip, she began having problems. The constant pain and disability has her walking with a cane. “It hurts to sleep at night,” she told News Now. “I need to take medications so it can help take the pain away.” What has Lum even more pained is that 15 months after going through hip replacement surgery, she will once again go under the knife, this time to replace the artificial joint system with another. What Lum learned is that her hip replacement system was defective. The ... Read More

Stem cell injection could replace knee, hip replacement surgery

Stem cells injections into the joint could one day replace painful hip and knee replacement surgeries, according to a study published in the journal Nature Biotechnology. A team of researchers at Manchester University and Central Manchester NHS Foundation, both in the U.K., are developing the technique by working with embryonic stem cells to transform them into chondrocytes, the cells that go on to produce cartilage. As many as 97 percent of the cells generated during the experiments turned into chondrocytes, making the technique far more successful than previous attempts. The stem cell injection is an attractive and less-invasive alternative for ... Read More

Hip replacements on the rise with varying failure rates

Recent advances in hip replacement designs, metallurgy and surgical techniques have made total hip replacement surgeries a recommended treatment for pain and limited functionality of joints, and most active patients who require hip implants should be able to use their joint replacements for as long as 15 to 20 years, according to doctors from the Aga Kahn University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, who presented at the Signs, Symptoms and Care program in the United Arab Emirates. Despite the news, hundreds of patients who have had the surgery say that one device has left them in worse condition than before their ... Read More

Man sues Depuy for faulty hip replacement device

Virgil Lewis’ total hip replacement went off without a hitch. It was properly positioned and his wounds healed without infection. Yet, he began to suffer from pain and extreme weakness in his hip and quadriceps. He soon learned that part of his hip replacement system, the Depuy ASR Acetabular Cup, had a higher-than-expected failure rate. The part was defective that was shallower than some similar devices. Faced with probable long-term complications, pain and additional corrective surgeries because of the defective product, Lewis took filed a lawsuit in federal court in New Orleans against Depuy Orthopedics Inc. and Johnson & Johnson ... Read More

Woman files lawsuit against faulty hip replacement device manufacturer

Hip replacement surgery was bad enough the first time Kim Horbas, 55, endured it. But when she was told she would have to have a second surgery because the metal of her implant had caused the tissue to deteriorate and she would have to have a different device implanted, she filed a lawsuit against the makers of the hip implant. Horbas is one of 13 people in Illinois and Indiana who have filed lawsuits in Champaign County against DePuy Orthopaedics, the makers of the defective hip implants. Also named in the lawsuits is DePuy’s parent company, Johnson & Johnson, and ... Read More