hip and knee implants
Orthopedic surgeon Howard Luks said that unless surgeons push the issue, device makers wouldn’t move to provide such warranties.
Consumers Union Takes Push for Hip and Knee Implant Warranties To Orthopaedic Surgeons Conference in New Orleans
Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, is taking its campaign to convince medical device companies to provide warranties for hip and knee implants directly to the doctors who perform hundreds of thousands of these operations each year. The campaign has launched an ad campaign and will be conducting outreach activities this week during the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) conference in New Orleans.
We’ve started asking orthopedic surgeons who implant hip and knee devices what they think about our warranty idea. Next month, we’re going to New Orleans to talk with surgeons attending an annual orthopedic surgeons meeting.
Dr. Brian Hatten, an orthopedic surgeon, shares his perspective on warranties for hip and knee implants.
13 Things to Ask Your Surgeon Before Getting Hip or Knee Replacement Surgery (by Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project)
As part of our campaign demanding warranties for artificial hip and knee implants, we’ve collected nearly 3,000 stories from people with implants to better understand their issues. Many of them told us they were satisfied with their implant – it improved their mobility and eliminated joint pain. However, a significant number of people told us they Continue Reading