hip and knee warranties
As the FTC evaluates the proposed merger of manufacturers Zimmer and Biomet, the group sent a letter to regulators urging the preservation of existing warranties.
Orthopedic surgeon Howard Luks said that unless surgeons push the issue, device makers wouldn’t move to provide such warranties.
The FDA has been criticized for approving medical devices through the 510K (fast track) approval requiring no clinical trials. But there’s another way-read on.
Our mission: ask a large gathering of orthopedic surgeons how long hip and knee implants should be warrantied.
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)
KVUE issues a Consumer Reports story on hip and knee replacement concerns. The vast majority of these implants don’t come with a warranty, so if it fails, consumers are on the hook for the replacement costs. Consumers Union is working on a campaign to get top hip and knee implant makers to warranty their products for 20 years.
Consumer Reports video explains Consumers Union’s campaign to get the top hip and knee implant makers to warranty their products for 20 years. Joint replacements often fail, while consumers and insurers are left with the bill