This Week in Devices [1/25/2013]: A Rough Week for Hip Implants

In the same week that FDA releases a safety communicatin warning of the hazards of metal-on-metal hip implants, new documents reveal Johnson and Johnson was aware of failure potential of its own metal-on-metal hip implants. Meanwhile, a surgeon is using 3-D printing to revolutionize knee surgery.

 

Johnson & Johnson Was Aware of Metal Hip Implant Failure

Newly disclosed court records show that Johnson & Johnson conducted a never-released internal analysis in 2011, after recalling its metal-on-metal hip implant, that estimated the device would fail in nearly 40% of patients in five years [QMed]
 

FDA Releases Safety Communication on Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

FDA has released a safety communication warning against the hazards of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among the noted issues are soft tissue damage, and the potential of releasing harmful metal ions and particles into a patient's bloodstream. [FDA]
 

3-D Printer Redefines Reconstructive Surgery

Orthopaedic surgeon Justin Cobb is applying 3-D printing technology to a surgical procedure that could revolutionize orthopaedic adult reconstructive knee operations. [EMDT]