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Consumers Union Calls On Medical Device Makers to Provide Warranties for Hip & Knee Implants
Date:9/10/2013

ject.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Knee-Recall-Summary-final-9-9-13.pdf">knee implant recalls found that all major manufacturers have recalled a product or line of products for defects over the past decade.   These recalls underscore how devices can fail prematurely and harm patients.  

Over 750,000 Americans got metal on metal hip implants during the past decade, which were supposed to last longer than devices made with ceramic and plastic.  But unusually high failure rates have been documented in metal hip implants in Australia, England, and Wales where devices are tracked through national registries.  The data from these countries showed that the failure rate of the Johnson & Johnson DePuy ASR XL metal hip implant was one in eight within five years. 

Some patients have experienced debilitating symptoms from metal debris that flakes off the device over time, including cardiomyopathy and neurological problems.   Due to the significant problems experienced with metal on metal hip implants, the FDA has proposed that they be subject to a more rigorous review process.

Hundreds of knee implant components have been recalled since 2003, frequently because they were shipped with the wrong part, a wrong size part, a missing part, or a part built for the left side etched as a "right" (or vice versa).  These kinds of errors can have serious implications for patients and sometimes require additional surgery to correct.  Other knee components have been recalled because they simply weren't manufactured to spec or started to fail once installed in patients.  

Most hip and knee implants are allowed on the market without being reviewed for safety and effectiveness by the Food
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