The most important (and expensive) product you may ever buy doesn't come with a warranty. It's time we change that. Medical device manufacturers are making billions by selling knee and hip implants to Americans who want to feel better and play longer.
But when these devices fail, patients – as well as taxpayers – are faced with costly bills to replace them. Manufacturers claim implants are safe and of high quality. If that's true, why aren't all the major companies backing up these implants when they fail?
- Real People, Real Stories
Cornelis from Seven Valleys, PA, believes a good warranty “should include not just a time limit, but also provide for damages in case of failure, as well as free surgeries to correct the problems, or provide for a new implant of your and your surgeon’s choice.” He learned firsthand that hip implants can fail.
Cornelis received his first hip implant in 1997, however, in 2005 a revision was performed and a metal-on-metal implant was used. A year later, x-rays revealed that the ring where the ball fits into the hip socket had broken and was sticking into his muscle. In this spot doctors found a mysterious growth about 8 inches long and 2 inches wide. At first, doctors thought this growth was a tumor; but after doing some tests they said it was an inert growth likely due to encapsulation of metal shavings from the metal-on-metal hip implant. Continue reading Cornelis' story.
- Share Your Hip/Knee Implant Story
Share Your Hip/Knee Replacement Story
If you've had a joint replacement, we want to hear about your experience. Some products are better than others, and when an implant fails, the costs to you -- pain, additional surgeries, possible infections and more -- are enormous. We're working to make implanted products safer and last longer, but we need to hear what's happening to people like you. Visit this link to share your story: https://stori.es/share/your-joint-replacement-experience