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Artificial hip makers pay less to surgeons after settling lawsuit

A 2007 lawsuit charging manufacturers of artificial hips with providing kickbacks to orthopedic surgeons for using their products, has resulted in fewer payments to surgeons the year following the lawsuit, according to a report released today by the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers reviewed data from Biomet Inc., Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy unit, Smith & Nephew Plc, Stryler Corp, and Zimmer Holdings Inc. for the years 2007 and 2008. They found that a total of 939 orthopedic surgeons received $198 million from the medical device companies in 2007. A year later, 568 payments were made worth $119 million, plus $109 ... Read More

DePuy paid doctors millions to promote its defective hip implants

About 30 patients of New Haven, Connecticut, orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Irving received a phone call notifying them that the artificial hip they received had been recalled by the manufacturer and that they may need a second surgery to replace the part. What patients didn’t know is that the manufacturer of the faulty hip replacement parts, DePuy Orthopedics, had paid Dr. Irving more than $80,000 in consultant’s payments since 2009. According to an investigation by C-HIT, DePuy paid more than $80.8 million to some 200 doctors across the country since 2009 to promote their hip replacement parts. In August, DePuy recalled ... Read More

What is Chondrolysis of the shoulder?

Much has been reported lately about chondrolysis of the shoulder, or Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis (PAGCL). So what is chondrolysis and why is it getting so much face time? Chondrolysis is the destruction of the cartilage in a joint. It is generally a rare condition anywhere in the body, but it has been most often heard of in hip joints most often from birth defects. Before the 1990s, chondrolysis in the shoulder was never seen. But beginning in the 1990s, orthopedic surgeons began seeing more and more patients who were complaining of limited range of mobility, pain and stiffness in their ... Read More

Recovery more likely after shoulder surgery than in years past

Many athletes who rely on their throwing motion for their livelihood consider the torn shoulder labrum one of the most fearsome injuries. In many cases, it can ruin a career or at the very least, leave them benched for weeks if not months. The labrum is a cartilage found in the shoulder’s ball-and-socket joint where the arm meets the body. It serves to deepen the socket so that the ball stays in place and helps stabilize the arm. When the labrum is torn due to injury, the ball may slide part or all of the way out of the socket. ... Read More

Pain pumps used following C-sections, hysterectomies

The On-Q PainBuster pain pump manufactured and marketed by I-Flow Corporation, is now being used by obstetricians and gynecologists to ease a woman’s pain caused from the incision made for Caesarean section deliveries and hysterectomies, according to the Fort Wayne, Indiana News-Sentinel. The On-Q PainBuster pain pump offers an alternative to traditional intravenous and oral painkillers, which can leave patients feeling groggy. The pain pump uses a small balloon that holds a local anesthetic that is fed through a thin antimicrobial catheter that is inserted into the surgical site. The device injects the pain relief medication directly to the surgical ... Read More