Category Archives: News

Medicare focuses on Knee, Hip Replacements to evaluate new Payment Changes

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that they would be focusing on knee and hip replacement procedures as they evaluated a new approach to paying hospitals for their services. In a press release, Health and … Read more

New Zimmer Hip Recall

In recent years, multiple potentially defective hip implants have been recalled. Most of these recalls were issued to address metal-on-metal hip systems when it was determined that they were vulnerable to corrosion and fretting which led to serious side effects … Read more

New Medical Device Tracking and ID Site Launched by FDA

Earlier this week, the FDA launched a new website which is aimed at helping patients learn more about whether medical devices they use may have defects or pose risks to their health. This new website is called AccessGUDID (Global Unique … Read more

Hip Replacement for 90-Somethings?

Though most people likely expect hip replacement patients to be of advanced age, it is probable that they don’t consider these patients to be 90 years old or older. However, a recent article featured in the Health section of U.S. … Read more

More Patients getting Hip Implants

Despite nearly constant headlines about defective hip lawsuits and failed hip replacement systems, the number of patients undergoing hip replacement surgeries has nearly doubled in the United States in recent years. In January, the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics … Read more

FDA Clears Device which may Reduce Hip Implant Problems

Last week, Intellijoint Surgical Inc. announced that the FDA has approved its product, Intellijoint Hip™, for use in the United States. Intellijoint Hip™ is the company’s flagship product, which helps surgeons to better fit and implant artificial hip joints. The … Read more

British Researcher Creates Device to Monitor Hip Implants

A researcher specializing in mechanical engineering at University of Canterbury is developing a device that will allow doctors to listen to hip and joint replacements to determine if they are performing properly. As noted by Health Canal and a press … Read more

Study: Hip Surgery Cement may cause Cardiac Arrest, Death

A recent study published by researchers at Imperial College London reports that at least 62 patients have died or suffered serious injury as a result of cement used during hip replacement surgery. The study relies on data from the National … Read more

Study Supports Claims of Metal-on-Metal Hip Injuries

A recent study has presented evidence in support of claims that metal toxicity may lead to an early failure rate for metal-on-metal hip recipients. The study, published in March 2014 in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, compared levels … Read more

Consumer Reports says Hip Implants Should Have Warranty

Consumer Reports Safe Project says hip and knee replacement products should come with a warranty so consumers know how long their artificial hip or knee should last and what they should do if it fails prematurely. “The benefits of hip … Read more