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Ireland establishes joint replacement register following DePuy withdrawal

Fed up with a hip replacement system that resulted in the withdrawal of the product from Ireland, Irish orthopaedic surgeons have negotiated a deal with Health Service Executive, Ireland’s health and social services organization, to establish a joint replacement register to give better data on artificial hip and other joint replacements and help identify any problems that may be emerging with them. The registry was announced by David Moore, president of the Institute of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, and was spurred by the August withdrawal of the DuPuy ASR hip implant system after reports of a higher than normal failure ... Read More

Osteoarthritis drug may work too well, causing patients to overuse joints

Details of a 16-week clinical trial on the osteoarthritis drug tanezumab show the medication offers considerable improvement in the condition of patients with just a few small side effects, according to an article published in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Previous studies of the drug were halted while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed data that suggested the drug may speed up the progression of osteoarthritis. The agency later determined that the drug worked too well, leading some patients to overuse their joints because they were suddenly pain free, which caused them to damage ... Read More

Medical school to establish database of total joint replacement surgeries

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) has received a $12 million grant, with which it intends to begin compiling assessments of key factors related to total joint replacement (TJR) surgery. These surgeries include knee and hip replacement surgeries. The medical school plans to compile a national database that will include more than 33,000 patients who have had total joint replacements and develop tools with which to assess the success and failure of the surgery. Ultimately, they hope the study will help with both research and to guide clinical care and health care policy, according to a release from the ... Read More

DePuy hip replacement recall may affect wide range of patients

It used to be that the average patient for a hip replacement surgery was between 65 and 80 years old. The surgery, first performed in 1960, is a major undertaking, involving one of the body’s largest weight-bearing joints. However, advances in technology and surgical techniques, combined with today’s expectations about continuing strenuous or challenging physical activities later in life, have contributed to a growing population of younger patients. According to a report in the Dallas News, orthopedic surgeons are reporting that it is not unusual for someone as young as 50 to get joint replacement surgery. In fact, statistics indicate ... Read More