Consumers Union Takes Push for Hip and Knee Implant Warranties To Orthopaedic Surgeons Conference in New Orleans

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CUSTOMERS UNION NEWS RELEASE

  • For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
  • Call: Michael McCauley, [email protected] or 415-902-9537 (cell) or 415-431-6747, ext 126
  • Consumers Union Takes Push for Hip and Knee Implant Warranties
  • To Orthopaedic Surgeons Conference in New Orleans
  • Advertising Campaign & Outreach Purposes to Build Momentum For Service Warranties

BRAND-NEW ORLEANS, LA– Consumers Union, the policy and campaigning for division of Consumer Records, is taking its project to encourage medical tool firms to supply guarantees for hip as well as knee implants straight to the medical professionals who perform thousands of thousands of these procedures every year. The campaign has actually introduced a marketing campaign and will certainly be carrying out outreach tasks this week during the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) conference in New Orleans.

Consumers Union has gotten in touch with clinical gadget producers to supply warranties to cover the expense of replacing a hip or knee implants that fall short too soon because of a product issue.

Today’s marketing campaign consists of an ad on behalf of the campaign in the New Orleans edition of USA Today, a mobile signboard that will circle around the Morial Convention Center, as well as advertisements at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Flight Terminal. Consumers Union personnel and lobbyists will certainly be performing outreach about the push for dental implant warranties outside the convention center where the AAOS annual meeting is occurring.

” Getting a hip or knee implant is a major life choice as well as high risks acquisition for individuals,” said Lisa McGiffert, supervisor of Consumers Union’s Safe Client Task (www.safepatientproject.org). “Clinical device manufacturers need to be willing to offer a warranty that spells out how much time they will certainly stand by their products and also a procedure for getting it replaced at no cost if the implant turns out to be defective.”

Almost 1.2 million hip and also knee surgical procedures are performed in the U.S. yearly– making them a significantly typical procedure. Demand is anticipated to continue intensifying in the future. By 2030, an estimated four million of these procedures will certainly occur annually. Over half of those patients are expected to be under 65 years of ages.

The majority of hip and also knee implants carry out well and also can last approximately 20 years. But the AAOS approximates that 10 percent will stop working for a variety of reasons, from infection and injury to loosening up or bad dental implant positioning.

However, clinical implants often fall short as a result of a product flaw, such as the unusually high failure rates experienced by patients with the Johnson & Johnson DePuy ASR XL steel hip implant. Information gathered from Australia, England, as well as Wales, where devices are tracked through national computer system registries, revealed that in eight of these tools fell short within five years.

A Consumers Union testimonial of clinical gadget remembers discovered that all significant hip and also knee dental implant manufacturers have remembered a product or line of items for flaws over the past decade. Currently, when malfunctioning implants need to be replaced, the price for extra surgical procedure and also a new tool is currently largely paid by people or their insurer, including Medicare. These alteration surgeries set you back a lot more, lead to longer medical facility keeps and can frequently lead to added surgeries.

” Millions of people are expected to go through hip as well as knee substitute surgical treatments in the decades ahead,” said McGiffert. “Clinical gadget manufacturers need to have the self-confidence to stand by their screening as well as advertising cases and also offer warranties covering item defects. People and their insurance companies shouldn’t have to bear the cost to replace defective tools.”