You won't hear it from U.S. sources – which after all, is a society that places corporate profits at the expense of human needs above all – but the the Aussies are on top of it.
For a Congress that for the past year has been fiddling while the country burns to the ground, this is potentially a major accomplishment.
One factor in hip or other joint replacement surgery that can make a serious difference when it comes to patient outcomes is the experience and expertise of the surgeon. More specifically, correct positioning and alignment of the implant components can mean the difference between long-term success in restoring the patient's mobility - or a return visit within a few years for revision surgery.
According to a study at Oxford University, patients who undergo knee or hip replacement (arthroplasty), those who use a class of prescription drugs known as bisphosphonates may wind up having fewer revision surgeries.
Believe it or not, trace amounts of cobalt is necessary for one's health. This element is a key component in Vitamin B-12. So – why is it that when microscopic bits of cobalt metal from faulty implants get embedded in living tissue, the results include metallosis, synovitis and other health problems?
Hip implant surgery is supposed to relieve pain. In too many cases however, it has the opposite effect – and not simply because they wear out.
The health complications associated with metal-on-metal hip implants is well known and thoroughly documented. What is less well known is the risk of damage to the sciatic nerve, which can leave a patient in excruciating and often untreatable pain.
If you are one of the 37,000+ people who have received defective DePuy hip implants and are thinking about joining the rapidly-growing ranks of plaintiffs against this corporation, don't think about it too much longer. Your window of opportunity may be closing soon.
Those who have been worried about the health consequences of metal-on-metal total hip replacements may have an alternative in the form of hip resurfacing, a technique that has been available since 2006. However, evidence shows that while the technique has several advantages over total hip replacement, it results in the same problems.