The widespread failure of all-metal hips could cost U.S. taxpayers, insurers, and employers billions of dollars in the coming years. The most widespread medical implant failure in decades, involving thousands of all metal artificial hips that need to be replaced may cost billions of dollars. The case of Thomas Dougherty represents one example. He spent fivc months this past year on a recliner without a left hip watching his medical bills soar. In August he underwent an operation to replace a failed artificial hip but his pelvis fractured. The replacement hip was abandoned and then
he got an infection. To date - $400,000 in hospital bills and over $28,000 in doctors' bills. The wear and tear of metal parts against each other is generating debris that is damaging tissue and in some cases, crippling patients.
Meanwhile, the medical device industry is fighting increased FDA oversight requring clinical trials that would assure greater safety for the patient.
Stay tuned. Senator Blumenthal has just introduced legislation and of course, it is consumer and not industry friendly.
We will be staying on top of this legislation - demanding protection for us, the healthcare consumer, from an industry that has put profits before patient.
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