Hip and knee warranties
When you got your implant, did your doctor or the manufacturer explain that the product didn’t come with a warranty? Probably not.
A new hip or knee can change your life — less pain or even no pain at all. You can finally get back to doing the things you most enjoy.
But like any other kind of product, an implant can be defective. And if it is, buyer beware!
Implants don’t come with a warranty. If you need another round of painful surgery to replace a defective hip or knee, you and your insurance company have to pay the freight.
These days, younger and younger people are opting for hip or knee replacements to extend their active lives. We now collectively spend more on them in a year than Hollywood takes in at the box office. And why not? Who doesn’t want to feel better and play longer?
But there’s a lot the industry isn’t telling us. Implants sometimes fail. Entire product lines have been recalled. Johnson & Johnson recently recalled a metal hip after one in eight patients needed it replaced within just five years. When a joint fails, the complex and painful revision surgery can cost upwards of $50,000.
We will deliver your message, along with our own letter, directly to the top six manufacturers. The more messages we can send, the more direct pressure we apply. Send your message now, and forward this to friends and family so they can do the same.
Lisa McGiffert, Consumers Union
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