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Device used in hip replacement surgeries recalled due to inadequate sterility

Greatbatch Medical is recalling Standard Offset Cup Impactors with POM-C Handle used for hip joint replacement because it failed sterility testing after being sterilized in a dedicated instrument case. This recall is classified as a Class I, which is the most serious type of recall, as inadequate sterilization can lead to infections and other serious health consequences, including death. Standard Offset Cup Impactors are reusable handheld devices used during hip joint replacement surgeries to implant cups in the hip socket (acetabulum). The device is provided as non-sterile and must be sterilized prior to use in surgery. During hip replacement surgery, ... Read More

Man sues makers of warming blanket after suffering joint infection

Tommy Walton, now 70, had no idea that when he underwent hip replacement surgery in March 2011 that he would have to endure an additional 15 surgeries, including revision surgery to remove and replace the implant, due to an infection he says he developed from a piece of surgical equipment. Walton claims a warming blanket, known as a Bair Hugger and sold by 3M Company subsidiary Arizant Healthcare Inc., was defectively designed, which led to the development of infection deep inside his hip joint. The Bair Hugger is primarily used to help maintain a patient’s body temperature during surgery. It ... Read More

Consumer Reports group pushes for warranties on artificial hips

Nearly a half-million Americans each year undergo hip replacement surgery, an invasive operation that requires weeks of rehabilitation. Typical hip implants can last 20 years or more before being replaced, but some have been shown to fail at a faster than expected rate. Thus, the Safe Patient Project, organized by Consumer Reports, is pushing for all hip implants to come with warranties. “One, it tells people how long this implant’s going to last,” said Lisa McGiffert of the Safe Patient Project. “It gives them realistic expectations. And two, it gives them a clear process to follow if their implant should ... Read More

3 medical devices that can harm you

Medical devices are vitally important to the industry. They vary in complexity and application, from tongue depressors and disposable gloves to implants and prostheses. Because they are used to diagnose, prevent or treat disease or other conditions, these items are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure their safety and efficacy. However, this does not guarantee the devices don’t have hidden design flaws that can cause serious health risks. Here are three commonly used medical devices that were designed to help people, but ultimately caused more harm that good: 1. Transvaginal mesh – Also known as vaginal ... Read More

UK’s National Health Service bans metal-on-metal hip implants

The United Kingdom National Health Service is banning surgeons from using metal-on-metal hip replacement systems in patients, based on guidance issued from consumer health watchdog the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The consumer health advocacy group developed the guidelines after investigations and research into the all-metal implants, which were found to have a startling high premature failure rate. Traditional hip implants are made with plastic or ceramic parts and generally last about 25 years before needing to be replaced. In the past decade, medical device manufacturers introduced all-metal artificial hips, assuming the devices would hold up better ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson settles metal hip lawsuit

Robert Ottman was ready for his day in court against consumer health care products giant Johnson & Johnson. Ottman underwent total hip replacement surgery in 2008 during which he was implanted with Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy ASR metal-on-metal artificial hip system. Ottman claims the device caused him so much pain and disability that in 2011 he was forced to undergo invasive revision surgery to remove and replace the defective device. In 2010, Johnson & Johnson pulled the hip implants due to an alarmingly high number of premature failures. Ottman’s lawsuit claims that Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics ... Read More

Spanish king undergoes third hip replacement surgery due to joint infection

King Juan Carlos of Spain, 75, underwent a third hip replacement surgery less than two years after the last hip treatment, because the tissue surrounding the implant had become infected.  Carlos has undergone seven surgeries since 2010, including having both his hips replaced during three surgeries last year. The first hip replacement surgery came after he fell during an elephant-hunting holiday in Botswana. The monarch never gained full mobility after his last hip surgery and requires a cane to walk. It is not reported what type of artificial hip Carlos received. Traditional hip implants are made with ceramic or plastic ... Read More

Researchers: More studies needed to determine long-term cancer risk with all-metal hip implants

Researchers are recommending long-term studies be done on patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement systems to determine whether corroding implants cause cancer. The recommendation was made following a study in which researchers found no increase in cancer in a seven-year period in people with all-metal hip implants. Traditional hip implants are made with plastic or ceramic parts, but in the past decade many manufacturers of these medical devices began making the devices with all metal parts. The metal hips were thought to be more durable and thus ideal for younger and more active patients. However, they devices were found to fail prematurely ... Read More

Corroding metal on artificial hip caused patient neurological symptoms

When orthopedic surgeon Stephen Tower realized in 2006 that in order to continue his recreational cycling he needed hip replacement surgery, he picked the newest and seemingly most durable hip implant on the market at the time – a metal-on-metal device made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The hip implant was specifically marketed to younger, active patients like Stephen. However, after a year Stephen was having pain in his hip and balance issues that caused him to crash his bike. Within the next year, he began experiencing more problems – ringing in his ears, sleep apnea, ... Read More

Unexplained pain in patients with metal hip implants should be addressed promptly

Patients with failing metal-on-metal hip implants often complain of pain. New research shows the pain these patients are experiencing may be caused by tissue damage and not by wear of the implant. Traditional hip implants are made of ceramic or plastic parts, but a newer generation of hip implants introduced a decade ago featured an all-metal design. These metal-on-metal implants have recently been shown to fail at a higher than expected rate. The failures appear to be accelerated by the leeching of metal ions from the devices into surrounding tissue, causing tissue damage. The ions have also been found to ... Read More