Nov 13

Johnson & Johnson to Spend $2.5 Billion to Settle DePuy Lawsuits

On November 19, 2013, Johnson & Johnson announced that they will shell out $2.5 billion for DePuy settlements. The company tend to settle with approximately 8,000 plaintiffs who filed lawsuits due to the recalled DePuy ASR hip replacement devices. Legal analysts say that Stryker plaintiffs wonder if they could get the same kind of settlement.

The DePuy ASR hip implants were sold to about 93,000 patients worldwide and were recalled in 2010. With similar reason for the recall, Stryker Orthopaedics Inc. recalled two of its metal-on-metal hip devices in 2012. Both companies are now facing a number of lawsuits from affected patients. Pre-mature device failure, metallosis, and hip complications are among the adverse effects of the recalled devices according to the plaintiffs.

Read More: Can Stryker Plaintiffs Expect a Settlement Similar to DePuy ASR?



Jul 13

No Evidence of Cancer Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Implants

Metal-on-metal (MoM) hip replacement implants were designed to be more durable and long-lasting compared to traditional hip implants, such as the ceramic and plastic. However, this type of hip implant has sparked controversy regarding the problems linked to them, online sources reveal. One of the serious allegations linked to MoM hip implants is the risk for cancer. This problem comes as the result of the metallic particles that come off the device’s components rubbing against each other, seep into the bloodstream and circulate around the body, according to an article found at orthopedics.about.com/b/2012/04/20/metal-hip-replacements-dont-cause-cancer.htm. This has raised concern that these metallic particle may increase the risk of cancer in the body. This problem has provoked patients to file lawsuits against MoM implant manufacturers. The  Stryker hip implant recall have been consolidated into multi-district litigation.

A research was conducted to investigate the the association of MoM hip implants to cancer. This research shows that there is no increased risk of cancer with metal-on-metal hip replacements in the first seven years after surgery. Although this is very reassuring, the long-term risks are still not found and thus further studies will be necessary in the future.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been monitoring problems with all-metal hip implants and convened a panel of outside advisers earlier this year to discuss their safety. The panel concluded there was little reason for surgeons to use these devices given the risks. Last year, the FDA ordered implant manufacturers to conduct follow-up studies in cases in which an implant’s failure could have serious consequences. Companies were ordered to take blood samples from patients to measure metal ion levels.

In fact, there are a number of MoM hip implants that are being recalled by its manufacturers. A hip system may be recalled by its manufacturers for a number of reasons. If you device is recalled, this does not mean that the device needs to be removed and replaced. In some cases, the recall just calls for different and more frequent monitoring. It is important to discuss the reason for the recall with your surgeon to determine the most appropriate course of action. If you are unsure that your hip implant is recalled, consult with your orthopaedic surgeon. Additional information on the Stryker Rejuvenate Modular hip implant recall may be obtained from the manufacturer or from Stryker lawsuit settlement page.

References:

  • medicalxpress.com/news/2012-04-metal-on-metal-hip-patients-cancer.htmlorthopedics.about.com/b/2012/04/20/metal-hip-replacements-dont-cause-cancer.htm
  • healio.com/orthopedics/hip/news/print/hematology-oncology/%7B6d768f4f-52a7-409d-9b0b-c4b9d0bf9c69%7D/no-greater-cancer-risk-for-patients-with-metal-on-metal-hip-implants-study-says
  • medwirenews.com/46/98636/Oncology/No_link_found_between_metal-on-metal_hip_replacement_and_cancer_risk.html
  • ibtimes.co.uk/articles/323663/20120404/metal-hip-replacement-patients-risk-developing-cancer.htm


Jun 13

Methods, Techniques that Supports Fast Recovery from Hip Replacement Surgery

Stryker Hip Replacements Proved Too Dangerous to Some RecipientsThere are several techniques (methods) which are believed to be effective in aiding hip replacement patients to recover faster from the operation, online sources say. After the surgery, it is recommended for a patient to follow the set of precaution and exercises. A patient may acquired the best outcome by following instructions and sustaining some limitations during recovery, as stated by www.sutterhealth.org/orthopedics/hip/recovery-from-hip-replacement.html. Hip replacement is a major surgery procedure, which should not be taken lightly, and for which several, proven effective techniques may boost your chances of fast recovery and avoid the development of unwanted health complications.

Choosing the right orthopaedic doctor, who is known to have expertise in hip replacement surgery, may be considered as the primary technique towards speedy recovery. You need him or her to guide you throughout the healing process.

A physical therapy is required short after the hip replacement surgery. Patients undergoing early physical therapy may be able to walk safely and and prevent dislocation of the hip implant or suffer other injuries. Your physical therapist may give you a set of simple exercises, which you may perform in bed, to prevent blood clots and avoid the tightening of the thighs, squeezing your buttocks, or pointing your feet up and down.

Your doctor and physical therapist may coordinate with each other to help you regain your range of motion and flexibility so that you may immediately resume with your normal day-to-day activities. These exercises may help you build strength, as well as improve the motion of your hip. These are some of the simple bed exercises which may help you achieve fast recovery from the hip replacement operation:

  • Ankle pumps and circles
  • Thigh squeezes (quadriceps sets)
  • Heel slides (hip and knee flexion)
  • Leg slides (abduction/adduction)
  • Lying kicks (short arc quadriceps)
  • Buttock squeezes (gluteal sets)
  • Sitting kicks (long arc quadriceps)

Among the known brands for hip replacement devices is Stryker. The tiny metal shards that sheared off from the artificial joints may cause constant pain or infection and bloodstream is contaminated with high levels of metal, medical experts say. The Stryker Hip Replacement Lawsuit offers more information about this matter.

References:

  • allinahealth.org/ac/patiented.nsf/page/hip_exercises_home
  • livestrong.com/article/452616-exercises-for-post-hip-replacement/
  • arthritisselfmanagement.com/health/surgery/recovering-from-total-hip-replacement/?page=all
  • joshuahickmanmd.com/physicaltherapyafteryourtotalhipreplacement
  • ucsfhealth.org/education/recovering_from_hip_replacement_surgery/
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