Zimmer Holdings (NYSE:ZMH) launched an urgent worldwide recall of its PEEK Ardis Inserter instruments after receiving reports that they may fracture Ardis Interbody Spacers during spinal surgery.
As one manufacturer begins to settle lawsuits over its defective ASR all-metal hip implants, it also is forced to defend itself against a growing number of cases involving another popular medical device.
The medical profession generally has attempted to gauge patients' perceptions about whether a treatment changed their health in a measurable and meaningful way. Essentially the health care industry is trying to measure something known as a "minimum clinically important difference."
U.S. District Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. held the initial hearing on the Biomet Magnum metal on metal hip implant lawsuits last Friday in South Bend, Indiana. This is the fifth coordinated national litigation involving metal on metal hip implants that the federal multidistrict litigation panel has established. Coordinated litigation has begun over the last two years for metal hips including the DePuy ASR in Toledo, Ohio, the DePuy Pinnacle Ultimet in Dallas, Texas, the Wright Converse Hip in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Zimmer Durom Cup in Newark, New Jersey.
Candidates for total hip replacement (THR) surgery should carefully weigh the risks, especially because a new, extensive study has found a much greater risk for stroke immediately following the procedure.
Janis Adams filed a lawsuit against the hip replacement manufacturer. Filed on September 4, 2012, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, the plaintiff claims that she suffered significant injuries after being implanted with the Zimmer Durom Cup.
The results of a new study published in The Lancet reports that women and small men should avoid hip resurfacing surgeries. The bone-sparing alternatives to total hip replacement surgery are often recommended to younger patients needing hip replacements, but research from thousands of such operations show that many of these implants failed within the first seven years.
Numerous patients complained of serious complications associated with their Trident hip replacement devices made by Stryker, including squeaky joints, inflammation, and implant failure.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned Zimmer Holdings Inc. about its practices for manufacturing and testing hip implants at one of its plants.
Zimmer Holdings Inc. (ZMH) said a U.S. Food and Drug Administration inspection of its plant in Puerto Rico turned up concerns about the manufacturing of certain hip implants.
Numerous studies have linked metal-on-metal hip-replacement systems to dangerous complications and painful consequences. But until now, none pinpointed their failure with as much precision as a study published recently in the Orthopedics medical journal.
The media spotlight is often a double-edged sword. No one knows this better than Michael S. Bishal. And yet, gossip and rumor-mongering aside, the real story here is being overlooked according to Sean Burke of AttorneyOne.
The Stryker Corporation's July 2012 recall of two of its artificial hip implant systems was prompted by complications attributed to the devices' metal components. The recalled products are the Rejuvenate and ABG II modular-neck hip stem systems. Stryker will also halt all global production and sale of the two devices.
The US Drug Watchdog is expanding its defective hip implant victims initiative to include not just the recalled DePuy ASR hip implant, but all US citizens, who have what is called a metal-on-metal hip implant, that is now failing.