Kyocera buys part of Renovis Surgical
Kyoto, Japan-based Kyocera (TYO:6971) said it will buy the major assets of Renovis Surgical Technologies’ artificial joint and spinal products businesses to expand its U.S. footprint. Kyocera will transfer the assets into a new, wholly owned, California-based company to be named Kyocera Medical Technologies in March 2019. Kyocera manufactures medical products, including artificial joints and dental implants, primarily for the Japanese market. The company obtained 510(k) clearance for its artificial hip joints in 2017 and began selling them in the U.S. the following year. Get the full story on our sister site, Medical...
Source: Mass Device - January 16, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Source Type: news

1,000 patients died in three years ‘after having faulty implants'
UK regulators were handed 62,000 ‘adverse incident’ reports between 2015 and 2018 linked to components such as pacemakers, artificial hips, breast implants and contraceptives. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study finds 'dual mobility' hip replacement implant reduces risk of dislocation
(Hospital for Special Surgery) A study conducted at Hospital for Special Surgery and other joint replacement centers indicates that a newer type of artificial hip known as a 'modular dual mobility' implant could reduce the risk of dislocation in patients who need a revision surgery. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Certain polyethylene-lined hips may last longer than others
The DePuy Marathon total hip, made with a highly cross-linked polyethylene liner Researchers in New Zealand found that artificial hip liners made of highly-cross-linked polyethylene showed less wear 10 years after implantation than liners made of conventional ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene. Patients whose hip liners were made of highly cross-linked polyethylene also had a significantly lower prevalence of osteolysis and revision surgery, according to a report in Orthopedics Today. That’s because cross-linking ties molecules together in a lattice-like matrix, Larry Wallace, senior staff scientist at Spectrum ...
Source: Mass Device - September 4, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Implants Orthopedics Research & Development depuysynthes Source Type: news

Friction loss at first contact: The material does not forgive
(Karlsruher Institut f ü r Technologie (KIT)) Wear has major impacts on economic efficiency or health. All movable parts are affected, examples being the bearing of a wind power plant or an artificial hip joint. However, the exact cause of wear is still unclear. Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) recently proved that the effect occurs at the first contact already and always takes place at the same point of the material. Their findings help develop optimized materials and reduce consumption of energy and raw materials. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 30, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Indian panel wants Johnson & Johnson to pay compensation over recalled implants
A government panel has recommended that Johnson& Johnson (J&J) pay compensation of at least $28,500 to each Indian patient who suffered from artificial hip implants the U.S. healthcare firm recalled eight years ago. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Device Safety and Regulations Questioned in The Bleeding Edge
Netflix’s movie, The Bleeding Edge, is about allegedly unsafe medical devices, how they got to market, and how difficult it is to get them off the market. Living in New York, I actually saw it in a movie theater. It has also received a modest amount of press with various radio, print, and online interviews. The principals behind the movie, Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering, and Amy Herdy, are established documentary filmmakers as is evidenced by the high production values that go well beyond talking heads and statistics. The issue of faulty medical devices is approached through the personal stories of v...
Source: MDDI - August 14, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: William A. Hyman Tags: Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

Netflix ’ s ‘ The Bleeding Edge ’ blasts medtech & FDA
Essure activist Angie Firmalino discusses surgeries with a nurse in Netflix’s ‘The Bleeding Edge.’ Netflix has unleashed a blistering indictment of the medical device industry, the FDA and doctors who accept money from medtech in its new documentary, ‘The Bleeding Edge,’ released today. The film depicts people who have suffered injuries and/or illnesses following placement of Bayer’s Essure sterilization device, Johnson & Johnson’s vaginal mesh, various manufacturers’ metal artificial hips, and women whose surgeons used Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robotic arm to perform hysterect...
Source: Mass Device - July 27, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: 510(k) Blog Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Gynecological Metal-on-Metal Neurological Pre-Market Approval (PMA) Regulatory/Compliance AdvaMed Bayer British Medical Journal Intuitive Surgical JAMA Internal Medicine johnsonandjohn Source Type: news

Same-Day Hip Replacement Surgery is Growing
by Brandon Gobel, AARP, March 2, 2018|Comments: 0. blue-gloved hand holding artificial hip joint through magnifier. Monty Rakusen/Getty Images. A growing number of people are in need of a total hip replacement each year. The most recent data from the National Center for Health Statistics found that in 2010 doctors  ... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - March 3, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

British surgeons to use robots fit hip replacements
Artificial hip joints typically last between ten and 20 years and can wear out during a patient ’s lifetime, depending on when people first have the procedure and how active they are. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood metal ion levels can identify hip replacement patients at low risk of ARMD
(Wolters Kluwer Health) Patients with 'metal on metal' artificial hips are at risk of complications caused by adverse reactions to metal debris (ARMD). A study in the Sept. 20, 2017, issue of the Journal of Bone& Joint Surgery confirms that blood metal ion levels specific to the type of hip implant used can help predict patients who are at low risk of ARMD. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Zimmer Biomet wins Trilogy hip implant suit
A federal jury in Texas last week cleared Zimmer Biomet (NYSE:ZBH) in a product liability lawsuit brought over its recalled Trilogy hip implant. Plaintiff Martha Hardy sued Zimmer Biomet in March 2016, 4 years after a total right hip arthroplasty using the company’s Trilogy acetabular shell and Trilogy acetabular spike but before the devices were pulled from the market in June 2012 ( a full recall went into effect in September of that year, after the FDA sent Zimmer Biomet a warning letter). “Unbeknownst to Plaintiff or her surgeon, the Plaintiff was being surgically implanted with “adulterated” a...
Source: Mass Device - May 8, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Legal News Product Liability Zimmer Biomet Source Type: news

Judge Halves $1 Billion Award In Johnson & Johnson Hip Implant Case
(Reuters) - A U.S. judge almost halved the award in a December jury verdict that ordered Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics unit to pay more than $1 billion to plaintiffs in six lawsuits who said they were injured by DePuy’s Pinnacle hip implants. U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade in Dallas cited “constitutional considerations” that limit how much plaintiffs may recover in punitive damages but upheld the jury’s findings that the implants were defectively designed and that the companies failed to warn consumers about the risks. Around $500 million of punitive damages would be cut from the...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - January 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $1 billion settlement
A federal jury in Dallas has ordered Johnson& Johnson and its subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics to pay more than $1 billion to a group of plaintiffs over artificial hip replacements. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Saving Bad Hips with 3D Technology
CHICAGO. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- More than 2.5 million Americans are living with an artificial hip. For those with a failed hip replacement, many are either too afraid to have a revision or don’t know what can be done and instead live with the pain and disability. But there is hope. Now, 3D technology is helping surgeons plan and perform the surgery better than ever before. (Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com)
Source: Medical Headlines From Ivanhoe.com - April 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news