hip and knee warranty campaign
Interview with Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project about our campaign to get manufacturers to warranty their hip and knee implants. Written by Belen Chacon for Consumer Information Blog.
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.
This December 2013 article on knee replacement from NRC includes information from CU’s Safe Patient Project on the lack of warranties for artificial knees. From NRC: “New research finds that obesity can be worse for knee health than old age. More people are getting knee surgery at younger ages, and younger patients are much more likely to be obese than older patients.”
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
William Heisel (Reporting on Health) writes a second post about CU’s campaign for hip and knee implants. This time, he compares the warranties offered for pacemakers to the suggestions we have for hip and knee implant warranties. We think a hip and knee implants should be guaranteed for 20 years.