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Da Vinci Robotics Surgery Lawyers

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Robotic Surgery Lawyers

Our Da Vinci Robotic surgery lawyers are filing lawsuit for burn injury from Robotic surgery from gynecological and Prostate surgery.

Da Vinci Surgery Complications

Burns From Robotic Surgery ?

Burns and/or tears of the intestines
Punctured blood vessels or ureters
Severe bowel injuries
Vaginal cuff dehiscence
Excessive bleeding
Death

Da Vinci Surgical Robot Lawsuits Mounting

Robotic surgery has been considered  as a safer way to have surgery than more conventional surgeries. However, there has been a  rising number of deaths and serious injuries linked to the robotic surgery, Patient lawsuits are continuing to mount.. The “da Vinci” Surgical System is a  robotic platform designed which allows surgeons to make fewer, smaller, and more precise incisions when performing surgery on patients.

If you or a loved one has been injured by this procedure call our Da Vinci Robotic Surgery Helpline today

 

DePuy Pinnacle and ASR Hip Replacement Lawyers

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DePuy Announces U.S. Settlement Agreement to Compensate ASR™ Hip System Patients Who Had Surgery to Replace Their ASR Hip\

According to WEB MD

Nov. 20, 2013 — Johnson & Johnson says it will pay $2.5 billion to settle lawsuits over faulty hip replacements, making it one of the largest settlements paid out in the medical device industry.

The agreement presented in U.S. District Court in Toledo, Ohio, resolves about 8,000 cases involving patients who had to have the metal ball-and-socket hip implant — called the ASR Hip System — removed or replaced, the Associated Press reported.

The metal implant was pulled from the market in 2010 after data showed that it failed sooner than older types of plastic or ceramic hip implants.

The settlement announced late Tuesday provides about $250,000 per patient and covers those whose implants were removed or replaced before Aug. 31, 2013. Most of the patients are expected to receive their payments in 2014, the AP reported.

J&J’s lawyers have denied that the company acted improperly.

The deal does not cover all lawsuits related to the hip implant, J&J’s DePuy unit said in a statement. “DePuy will continue to defend against remaining claims and believes its actions related to the ASR Hip System have been appropriate and responsible,” the company said.

The ASR Hip System was sold for eight years and used in about 35,000 patients in the United States and more than 90,000 worldwide. Production of the hip implant was halted in 2009 and it was recalled in 2010, the AP reported.

Internal J&J documents suggest that company officials knew about problems with the device at last as far back as 2008. And a 2011 company review of a patient registry said that more than one-third of the hip implants were expected to fail within five years of implantation, the AP reported.

Replacement hips are generally supposed to last at least 10 to 20 years, according to the news service.

Speak to one of our metal on metal hip replacement attorneys.

Hip Replacement Helpline Gets You A Recalled DePuy Hip Replacement Lawyer

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Do You Have a Failed DePuy ASR or DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement?

Do You Have A Failed Stryker ABG II Modular Stems or Rejuvinate?

DePuy has settlement offers for the ASR hip implant  and a DePuy Hip Replacement lawyer is here to help you.

A Stryker rejuvinate and ABG II Modular Stems lawyer is here to help you

Johnson and Johnson have announced a DePuy hip settlement that may surpass $4 billion, according to the New York Times and Bloomberg. The proposed offer was recently submitted to an Ohio district court judge, and in order to move forward, must receive the support of 94 percent of eligible ASR hip plaintiffs. The settlement would resolve an estimated 8,000 personal injury/product liability claims involving the ASR hip replacement. This hip implant was recalled in mid 2010.

The DePuy Orthopaedics unit of Johnson & Johnson recalled the ASR™ Hip System and the DePuy Pinnacle months ago. Lawyers have been waiting for a settlement offer.

Our hip replacement recall lawyers are  filing lawsuits on behalf of victims of the recalled dePuy Hip Replacement as well as the  the Stryker Rejuvinate and ABG II Modualr Stems.

 

DePuy Lawsuits To Stay In MDL Is Good News For DePuy Hip Replacement Lawyers

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Judge Granted The Request to Stay in DePuy Pinnacle MDL

File Your DePuy Pinnacle Lawsuit Today

 

The U.S. District Judge, Ed Kinkeade of the Northern District of Texas,  has granted the request to stay most of the pending DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits in multidistrict litigation  No. 2244. The stay will, most likely, remain in effect until the conclusion of the bellwether trials.  The trials are expected to begin in September 2014.

The Bellwether Trials Set The Tone Of Future Hip Replacement Settlements

Currently, there are more than 4,800 DePuy Pinnacle lawsuits pending in MDL No. 2244.

The Pinnacle Lawsuits Are  Similar to ASR hip implants

Many recipients claim that the implant devices have loosened, causing early failure of the device. There have also been many lawsuits for metallosis, or heavy metal poisoning. When the metal components of the hip devices rub against each other, the friction releases metal ions into the blood stream.

Metallosis can cause inflammation, tissue necrosis, and bone deterioration.

Complications In The Lawsuits

  •  Bone fractures,
  • Implant dislocation,
  • Metallosis

Speak to a  DePuy ASR or Pinnacle lawyer today

Hip Replacement Revision Surgery Hospitals In the U.S

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Both the DePuy Pinnacle and ASR have been recalled. The Stryker ABG II Modular Stems and Rejuvinate have also been recalled.

Many people with these implanted hip replacements are having complications and revision surgery is needed.

Below Are Some Of The Hospitals That May be Able to Help You:

 

Arkansas Surgical Hospital (North Little Rock, Ark.).

This physician-owned hospital, opened in 2005, offers patients a team of eight orthopedic physicians performing a wide variety of orthopedic and spinal procedures, including total knee and hip replacements, rotator cuff repair, arthroscopy and carpal tunnel release. ASH has been ranked by HealthGrades as one of the top orthopedics programs in the country, rating it in the top five percent for both joint replacement and spine surgery and giving it Excellence Awards in both of those disciplines. It is the top-ranked hospital for both joint replacement surgery and spinal surgery in the state of Arkansas. Patient care and satisfaction is also a top priority at ASH, which offers private suites with additional guest rooms and a patient-to-nurse ratio of five to one. www.arksurgicalhospital.com

 

Austin Surgical Hospital (Austin, Texas).

Offering a wide range of surgical services, ASH has one of the top-ranked orthopedics programs in the nation. The orthopedic physicians at physician-owned ASH specialize in joint surgery — HealthGrades ranked them the top total joint program in the state, putting them in the top five percent in the nation for total joint replacement. ASH also won HealthGrades Excellence Awards for joint replacement surgery many years running. This spring ASH launched Joint University, a program offering free classes to educate those suffering from arthritis and other ailments on the causes behind joint pain and the treatments available to them. Patient care and safety is a top priority at ASH, which includes 21 private rooms, six operating rooms and an ICU equipped for two patient rooms. www.austinsurgicalhospital.com

 

Barnes-Jewish Hospital (St. Louis).

The orthopedics department at Barnes-Jewish provides comprehensive care to patients in a variety of specialties, including trauma, joint preservation and replacement, spine surgery and musculoskeletal oncology. Members of the hospital’s orthopedics practice also specialize in sports medicine, treating injuries for St. Louis’ professional teams, as well as Washington University’s athletic teams. The department includes some of the nation’s top-ranked physicians and was listed among the top 15 hospitals in the nation for orthopedics this year by U.S. News & World Report. Barnes-Jewish is headed by President Richard J. Liekweg. www.barnesjewish.org

 

Beebe Medical Center (Lewes, Del.).

The James P. Marvel, Jr. Orthopedic Unit at this 210-bed community hospital is staffed by eight board-certified orthopedic surgeons specializing in knee and hip replacement and spinal surgery. The department has been ranked in the top five percent in the country for the past four years by HealthGrades, and is the top-ranked orthopedics hospital in Delaware and the Delmarva Peninsula. The department also earned HealthGrades Excellence Awards in joint replacement and spine surgery, as well as five-star ratings in back and neck surgery, hip fracture repair and total knee and hip replacements. The hospital is headed by president and CEO Jeffery M. Fried, FACHE. www.beebemed.org

 

Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Boston).

This 777-bed hospital’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery boasts a team of 46 orthopedic surgeons treating thousands of patients each year. The department is known for its innovations in joint replacement surgeries, including the design of implants, but also specializes in cartilage repair, microvascular hand and upper extremity surgery, podiatry, trauma, bone oncology and sports medicine. The hospital, which is a teaching affiliate of Harvard University, was ranked as one of the top 15 hospitals in the nation for orthopedics this year by U.S. News & World Report. www.brighamandwomens.org

 

Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland).

The Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic is home to 46 orthopedic surgeons and 29 rheumatologists who offer care in a variety of specialty areas. The 1,210-bed hospital is consistently ranked among the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in a variety of areas, and in 2010 was ranked fourth in orthopedics and second in rheumatology. The orthopedic surgery team specializes in several areas, including trauma, pediatric orthopedics, tumors and sports medicine. my.clevelandclinic.org

 

Community General Hospital of Greater Syracuse (Syracuse, N.Y.).

This 306-bed hospital, headed by president and CEO Tom Quinn, opened its new Center for Orthopedics in January this year. The 25,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility offers private rooms with many improvements for patient care and comfort. Services offered by the Center’s orthopedic surgeons include total hip and knee replacements and surgical spine procedures, plus hip resurfacing as an alternative to total hip replacement. The hospital has been listed in Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals as a Performance Improvement Leader, and HealthGrades has deemed it the top hospital in orthopedics in the state of New York for the past four years. www.cgh-home.org

 

Community Hospital (Munster, Ind.).

This 425-bed acute care hospital headed by CEO Donald P. Fesko is one of HealthGrades’ highest-ranked hospitals for orthopedics. In 2010 it received Excellence Awards for orthopedic surgery and joint replacement, as well as the Outstanding Patient Experience Award and the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence, among others. HealthGrades also gave it five-star ratings for back and neck surgery, fracture repair and hip and knee replacements surgeries, placing it in the top 10 percent in joint replacement. The hospital’s orthopedic services include comprehensive physical therapy facilities, plus a radiology department that uses the Picture Archive Communications System (PACS), a modern technology that allows radiologists to provide diagnoses more quickly and efficiently. www.comhs.org/community

 

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota (Sarasota, Fla.).

The Spine and Orthopaedic Care Center at the 168-bed Doctors Hospital of Sarasota offers a team of physicians specializing in orthopedics, neurosurgery and spinal surgery. The Center houses 40 private rooms and suites, and offers a comprehensive approach to patient care with a multi-disciplinary staff that includes specialty nurses, pain experts, rehabilitation therapists and dieticians. This year, HealthGrades gave Doctors Hospital an Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award, ranking it among the top five percent in the nation and the best in the state of Florida for orthopedics. The hospital was also named a Blue Distinction Center for both Spine Surgery and Knee and Hip Replacement by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida. The hospital is headed by CEO Robert C. Meade. www.doctorsofsarasota.com

 

Duke University Medical Center (Durham, N.C.).

Duke Orthopaedics, a department of the Duke University Health System, offers a team of experts in orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, radiology and physical and occupational therapy and a comprehensive approach to orthopedic patient care. The practice’s specialties include bone and soft tissue cancers, joint replacement (the Duke Total Joint Center performs over 1,000 hip and knee replacements per year), spine surgery and sports medicine. It also offers specialized clinics for diabetic foot concerns and the management of post-traumatic foot and hindfoot disorders. The orthopedic program was ranked in the top 10 in the nation this year by U.S. News & World Report. www.dukehealth.org

 

Evanston Hospital (Evanston, Ill.).

A part of the NorthShore University Health System, Evanston Hospital is a teaching affiliate of the University of Chicago. Its orthopedic department offers many services, including hip and knee reconstruction surgery, sports medicine and orthopedic trauma. It received America’s 50 Best Hospitals and Emergency Medicine Excellence Awards from HealthGrades in 2010, which also has previously given it a five-star rating in knee replacements surgeries. www.northshore.org/locations/evanston-hospital

 

Foundation Surgical Hospital (Bellaire, Texas).

The orthopedic surgeons at this specialty hospital, specializing in spine surgery, total joint replacement, sports medicine and neurospine surgery, perform both inpatient and outpatient surgery on orthopedic patients ages 14 and older. The hospital is licensed as a general hospital, with 10 operating rooms and 64 private patient rooms, including eight suites in the Oasis Unit, a concierge wing that also includes guest rooms. HealthGrades gave FSH an Outstanding Patient Experience Award and a Joint Replacement Excellence Award in 2010, as well as five-star ratings in hip and knee replacement surgeries. www.surgicalhospital.com

 

Forsyth Medical Center (Winston-Salem, N.C.).

The Forsyth Regional Orthopaedic Center’s Hip and Knee Replacement Program, which offers anterior approach hip replacement as a less invasive alternative to traditional methods, was the first in the Carolinas to be nationally certified by the Joint Commission. The center features a full-service diagnostic imaging center, dedicated inpatient orthopedic operating rooms and 53 patient beds, 20 of which are part of a specialty joint replacement unit. This year, HealthGrades named Forsyth an Excellence Award recipient in the areas of orthopedic surgery, joint replacement and spine surgery, and awarded it five-star ratings for back and neck surgery, hip fracture repair and total hip and knee replacement surgery. www.forsythmedicalcenter.org

 

Heartland Spine and Specialty Hospital (Overland Park, Kan.).

This physician-owned hospital has a team of nine board-certified orthopedic surgeons specializing in spinal surgery, upper extremity arthroscopy and total joint arthroscopy and replacement. This year, HealthGrades awarded the hospital a five-star rating for back and neck surgery, including spinal fusion. This facility offers the utmost in patient care, with seven operating rooms, advanced radiology and diagnostic imaging services and three treatments rooms dedicated to pain management. Patients get many additional amenities, and privacy is a top concern, so the hospital includes 19 private inpatient rooms, 10 overnight short-stay recovery suites and 20 pre- and post-operative full privacy walled suites. HSSH also received a Summit Award in 2009 from Press Ganey Associates for its dedication to customer service and satisfaction. www.hssh.org

 

Hospital for Special Surgery (New York City).

Founded in 1863, the Hospital for Special Surgery is the oldest orthopedic hospital in the United States. The hospital performs over 22,000 procedures a year, and is currently undergoing a $64 million, 85,000-square-foot expansion that will increase the number of beds to 188 and operating rooms to 32. Ranked second in the nation behind the Mayo Clinic in orthopedics in 2010 by U.S. News & World Report, HSS has been the top-ranked hospital for orthopedics and rheumatology in the Northeast for the past 19 years. Home to 100 orthopedic surgeons and 42 rheumatologists, HSS offers a certified trauma center and an arthritis center, as well as end-of-life, chiropractic and physical rehabilitation services. HSS is headed by President and CEO Louis A. Shapiro. www.hss.edu

 

Indiana Orthopedic Hospital (Indianapolis).

Opened by the OrthoIndy medical practice in 2005, IOH is staffed by one of the largest private full-service orthopedic groups in the United States with over 60 physicians. The 42-bed, 130,000-square-foot facility includes 10 operating rooms where over 600 surgeries are performed each month. IOH’s physicians offer the full range of orthopedic subspecialties, including orthopedic trauma, total joint replacement and bone oncology. Its sports medicine physicians provide care for Indiana’s professional sports teams, including the Indiana Pacers. HealthGrades has previously given IOH five-star ratings in knee and hip replacement, back and neck surgery and spinal fusion, and placed it in the top five percent in the nation for joint replacement and spinal surgeries. www.indianaorthopedichospital.com

 

Institute for Orthopedic Surgery (Lima, Ohio).

This physician-owned hospital opened in 1998 as an ASC, and transitioned to a Joint-Commission-accredited acute-care hospital in 2002. Physicians at the 12-bed hospital work closely with the Orthopedic Institute of Ohio, a group of orthopedic physicians that shares the IOS building, allowing both groups to give patients the most comprehensive care possible. IOS physicians offer both inpatient and outpatient surgery services, physical and occupation therapy and sports medicine, with a concentration in joint replacement surgery. In 2010, HealthGrades gave IOS and Excellence Award for Joint Replacement, plus five-star ratings in both total hip and knee replacements surgeries. IOS is headed by President and CEO Mark McDonald, MD. www.ioshospital.com

 

Johns Hopkins Hospital (Baltimore).

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery provides services in 10 subspecialties, including adult reconstruction, musculoskeletal radiology, pediatric orthopedics and orthopedic oncology. The department, founded in 1900, has a long history of innovation, which it continues today through research and clinical trials. Highly regarded as one of the best hospitals in the nation, the department’s residency program is exclusive, with only five graduates per year. The hospital has been ranked as one of the best in America for the past 19 years by U.S. News & World Report, and this year was ranked as the fifth best orthopedic hospital in the country. www.hopkinsmedicine.org

 

Kansas City Orthopedic Institute (Leawood, Kan.).

This specialty hospital, owned by the Dickson-Dively Orthopaedic Clinic and its partners, offers a full array of services to patients, including sports medicine, total joint reconstruction and hand, foot and spine surgery. KCOI is equipped for both inpatient and outpatient surgeries, and includes facilities for advanced physical therapy. In addition, advanced pain management services are available, as well as on-site prosthetics and brace fabrication and fitting. KCOI received a 2010 HealthGrades Excellence Award for joint replacement, and five-star ratings for total hip and knee replacement surgeries. www.kcoi.com

 

Lakeview Hospital (Stillwater, Minn.).

Founded in 1880, the 97-bed Lakeview Hospital is the second oldest hospital in Minnesota, and has pioneered the use of minimally invasive surgery techniques for joint replacements. It was the first facility in the state to perform a minimally invasive hip joint replacement, and leads the way in minimally invasive knee replacement procedures. For those patients undergoing total knee or hip replacement surgery, the orthopedics department offers Joint Connections, a pre-operation class that prepares patients for what to expect before, during and after surgery. Lakeview received Excellence Awards in orthopedic surgery, joint replacement and spine surgery this year from HealthGrades, which also awarded the hospital five-star ratings in spine and neck surgery and total hip and knee replacements. The hospital is headed by CEO Jeff Robertson. www.lakeview.org

 

Massachusetts General (Boston).

Founded in 1811, Massachusetts General is the third oldest general hospital in the United States, and is home to the oldest orthopedic service in the country. The 900-bed hospital is also the oldest and largest teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Its Department of Orthopedic Surgery has pioneered many non-invasive surgery techniques and treatments for orthopedic patients, including minimally invasive arthroscopic tendon surgery and extracorporeal shockwave therapy, a non-invasive treatment for heel spurs that do not respond well to traditional methods. Ongoing research and development in arthroscopic surgery and artificial joints helps the department to remain at the forefront of its field. Headed by chairman and CEO David Torchiana, MD, Massachusetts General was named the third best orthopedic program in the country by U.S. News & World Report. www.mgh.harvard.edu

 

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minn.).

The Department of Orthopedics at the Mayo Clinic treats over 66,000 patients a year within four specialty areas: adult reconstruction, hand surgery, orthopedic oncology and pediatric orthopedics. The department’s 47 surgical, research and clinical consultants also provide outpatient treatment and rehabilitation through the W. Hall Wendel, Jr. Musculoskeletal Center. Opened in 2007, this 245,000-square-foot facility houses 57 examination rooms, eight operating rooms and four image-guided injection rooms. The hospital, headed by CEO and President John H. Noseworthy, MD, received the number one ranking in orthopedics this year from U.S. News & World Report. www.mayoclinic.com

 

McBride Orthopedic Hospital (Oklahoma City).

The top-rated orthopedic program in the state of Oklahoma, this physician-owned hospital opened its current facility in 2005. MOH’s team of physicians includes specialists in orthopedics, arthritis, sports medicine, podiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation offering a comprehensive range of services, including surgery, rehabilitation and diagnostic imaging. The hospital also is equipped to treat orthopedic trauma cases and is home to a level IV trauma center. In 2010, HealthGrades gave MOH an Outstanding Patient Experience Award, plus Excellence Awards in orthopedic surgery and joint replacement. MOH also earned five-star rankings in back and neck surgery, hip fracture repair and total knee and hip replacement surgeries. www.mcboh.com

 

Mercy Medical Center (Oshkosh, Wis.).

The orthopedic department at this 157-bed hospital, headed by president and CEO Daniel E. Neufelder, specializes in arthroscopy and other minimally invasive surgery techniques, as well as fracture repair, cartilage transplants and the treatment of concussions. A partnership with the Kennedy Center for the Hip and Knee, a nationally recognized independent orthopedics practice that specializes in hip and knee replacement surgeries, has helped MMC to earn the reputation as one of the best orthopedics programs in the state. This year, HealthGrades granted the hospital Excellence Awards for orthopedic surgery, spine surgery and joint replacement, as well as an Outstanding Patient Experience Award for 2010/2011. www.mercymedicalcenter.com/oshkosh-wi

 

Munson Medical Center (Traverse City, Mich.).

The orthopedics department at Munson specializes in a variety of services, including arthritis care, microsurgery and unicompartmental knee surgery. Its team of physicians, nurses, therapists and other healthcare personnel provide comprehensive care to thousands of patients each year, performing approximately 1,900 inpatient and 3,900 outpatient procedures each year. HealthGrades recognized the orthopedics program in 2010 with Excellence Awards in orthopedic surgery and joint replacement, and the hospital received Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The hospital is headed by President and CEO Edwin A. Ness. www.munsonhealthcare.org

 

Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital (Omaha, Neb.).

This physician-owned hospital, opened in April 2004, contains the largest number of operating rooms dedicated solely to orthopedics in the state of Nebraska. Physicians specializing in orthopedics and a variety of other areas comprise the staff, which performs both inpatient and outpatient surgeries. While the hospital specializes in hand therapy, it also includes extensive facilities for both physical and occupational therapies, including aquatic therapy. NOH also specializes in sports medicine, and the facility offers services both to treat sports injuries and to help athletes to reach their full potential. www.neorthohospital.com

 

New York-Presbyterian Hospital (New York City).

The orthopedics department at New York Presbytarian is home to several world-renowned specialty services. Started in 1949, the Hand and Microvascular Service is the oldest service, and it now treats 5,000 patients and performs 1,000 surgeries every year. The Center for Hip and Knee Replacement is currently running two national multi-center clinical trials on hip and revision knee replacements and performed over 1040 hip replacements last year. Affiliated with Columbia University and Weill Cornell Medical College, the hospital is headed by president and CEO Herbert Pardes. The orthopedics department was ranked number seven in the country this year by U.S. News & World Report. www.nyp.org

 

NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases (New York City).

This 190-bed facility is a world leader in joint replacement surgery; its Joint Replacement Center, staffed by the Adult Reconstructive Service faculty, performs over 1,200 joint replacement procedures each year. The hospital also specializes in orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, rehabilitation and neurology. It is home to several highly specialized programs, including the Harkness Center for Dance Injuries, which treats members of major dance companies and educates them on injury prevention, and I-Care, the only walk-in orthopedic clinic in New York City. The hospital is ranked in the top 10 in the nation in orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report. www.med.nyu.edu/hjd

 

Oklahoma Surgical Hospital (Tulsa, Okla.).

This physician-owned hospital, headed by president and CEO Rick Ferguson, opened in July 2001 as the Orthopedic Hospital of Oklahoma. It became the Oklahoma Surgical Hospital in 2007, after a premier general surgery group joined the hospital, allowing it to expand the surgical services it offered its patients. Today, the hospital is a 76-bed, 20 operating room facility that continues to offer exceptional orthopedic surgery services to its patients along with general surgery. Hospital amenities include the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, as well as a pain management center. HealthGrades named OSH an Outstanding Patient Experience Award Winner for 2010/2011. www.oklahomasurgicalhospital.com

 

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles).

UCLA’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is a leader in the field with many world-renowned specialties and centers. It is home to a level 1 trauma facility, where the Orthopaedic Trauma Service is known for its use of state of the art trauma management techniques, including traction, Ilizarov, osteogenesis and biosynthetic bone grafts with growth factors. The department is also a major innovator in joint replacement technologies, teaming with UCLA’s Biomechanics and Bioengineering Research Unit to work towards improving joint implants and creating new surgical techniques. The hospital has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top hospitals in the nation for the last 20 years, and this year it was ranked in the top 15 in orthopedics. UCLA Health System is headed by CEO David Feinberg, MD, MBA. www.uclahealth.org

 

Rush University Medical Center (Chicago).

Last year, Rush opened its new Orthopedic Building, with four floors featuring 60 exam rooms, an imaging center, physical and occupational therapy and orthotics and prosthetics services, as well as research facilities. The building is the new home of Midwest Orthopedics, a private practice whose 38 physicians are Rush faculty members. Physicians at Rush’s orthopedic department have pioneered minimally invasive surgery techniques for hip and knee implants and performed the world’s first minimally invasive hip surgery. In 2010, U.S. News & World Report ranked it 12th in the nation in both orthopedics and neurology and neurosurgery. www.rush.edu

 

Sierra Surgery Center (Carson City, Nev.).

This physician-owned center is the only surgery specialty hospital in the state of Nevada, and offers elective surgeries in many specialties. With 14 orthopedic surgeons, it offers a full range of orthopedics services with a concentration on spinal surgery. Sierra’s surgeons use the latest minimally invasive technologies in spine surgery, and offer PRESTIGE Cervical Disc surgery as an alternative to traditional spinal fusion. In 2010, HealthGrades gave Sierra a five-star rating for back and neck surgery, including spinal fusion. www.sierrasurgery.com

 

Stanford Hospital and Clinics (Palo Alto, Calif.). Stanford’s Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Clinic was ranked this year among the top 20 orthopedic programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. The clinic includes many specialty centers and sub-clinics offering comprehensive care to orthopedics patients, including the arthritis and joint replacement service, where surgeons are experts in minimally invasive and computer-aided surgery techniques. The Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation hosts its own offering of clinics, including a general outpatient clinic, an interventional spine clinic and a sports medicine clinic. www.stanfordhospital.org

 

St. Elizabeth Edgewood (Edgewood, Ky.)

. St. Elizabeth’s orthopedics program provides an array of services to the Greater Cincinnati area, including both inpatient and outpatient surgery, rehabilitation, sports medicine and imaging and diagnostic services. The orthopedics team has won the hospital many accolades. HealthGrades named it one of the 50 best hospitals in the nation, and it was the first hospital in the region to receive a Magnet Award from American Nurses Credentialing Center. The orthopedics department earned recognition as a Center of Excellence for hip and knee replacements, and HealthGrades has ranked it in the top five percent in the nation for the last three years. www.stelizabeth.com

 

Texas Spine and Joint Hospital (Tyler, Texas).

Specializing in spine and joint surgeries, this physician-owned hospital is the top-ranked hospital for spine surgery in Texas according to HealthGrades’ latest ratings. HealthGrades has given Texas Spine and Joint five-star ratings in spinal surgery for the last five years. The orthopedic surgeons at TSJH offers both inpatient and outpatient services at state-of-the-art facilities. The hospital’s comprehensive facility includes advanced radiology and diagnostic imaging services, including East Texas’ first 3T MRI. Patient care and safety are priorities for the staff, which is proven through a surgical infection rate of less than one percent. www.tsjh.org

 

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (Philadelphia).

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is home to over 50 board-certified orthopedic physicians specializing in all areas of orthopedic medicine, including spine and sports medicine. Their services include both surgical and non-surgical treatments using the most up-to-date technologies and procedures, thanks to the research that takes place in the department. It is ranked fourth in the United States and first in the state of Pennsylvania based on the amount National Institute of Health-funded research it performs. The hospital was ranked this year as one of the top 20 in the nation for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report, and received a Magnet Award from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. www.jeffersonhospital.org

 

University Hospitals Case Medical Center (Cleveland).

U.S. News & World Report ranks this hospital among the top 20 orthopedic programs in the nation, while the National Institute of Health ranks it in the top 10 in orthopedic research. The department’s orthopedic surgeons have expertise in many cutting-edge treatments and techniques that help to shorten hospitals stays and result in better results for patients. University was one of the first hospitals in the nation to perform a total hip replacement in 1969, and today surgeons continue to lead the field with the latest minimally invasive and computer-assisted techniques. The orthopedic oncology physicians specialize in metallic endoprosthesis, a modern technique to reconstruct bones and joints after tumor removal, as well as other limb-saving methods. University Hospitals is headed by CEO Thomas F. Zenty III. www.uhhospitals.org

 

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (Iowa City, Iowa).

This 680-bed hospital was the first in Iowa to receive a Magnet Award from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and it is ranked eighth in the nation in orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report. The orthopedic department’s expertise covers all subspecialties of orthopedics, and it is home to the Ponseti Clubfoot Center, founded by Ignacio Ponseti, MD, who pioneered his own method of treating clubfoot in infants. The three physicians who staff this center see patients three days a week and have worked with Dr. Ponseti throughout their careers. www.uihealthcare.com

 

University of Washington Medical Center (Seattle).

UW Medical Center is home to the Bone and Joint Surgery Center, an outpatient clinic providing comprehensive care for all types of bone and joint problems, from complex fractures to bone tumors. The Center’s physicians include members of the UW School of Medicine’s Departments of Orthopedics, as well as specialists in rehabilitative medicine and rheumatology. These physicians offer a full range of orthopedic services, including hand and microsurgery, hip and knee arthritis and spine surgery. The Bone and Joint Surgery Center helped UW Medical Center to earn a top-20 spot on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top orthopedics hospitals in the nation. uwmedicine.washington.edu

 

UPMC-University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Pittsburgh).

Ranked tenth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, UPMC’s orthopedic services department offers treatments in a variety of subspecialties and performs research into bone, muscle and joint disorders. UPMC’s Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction Center is one of the few programs in the United States offering bone lengthening and reconstruction for children and adults. The center specializes in the Ilizarov Method, as well as other modern techniques. UPMC is also home to the Sports Concussion Program, providing testing to professional, college and high school teams, and the Comprehensive Foot and Ankle Clinic, offering a multidisciplinary approach to its patients which includes wound care, podiatry and orthopedic, vascular and plastic surgeries. www.upmc.com

DePuy Settlement 8.3 Million, DePuy Lawyers Filing Immediate Lawsuits

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Damages of 8.3 million have been  awarded in a J&J’s DePuy hip implant case. DePuy Helpline, DePuy Hip Repalcement lawyers are filing immediate lawsuits.

By GREG RISLING, Associated Press

Updated 1:56 am, Sunday, March 10, 2013

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury Friday awarded $8.3 million to a former prison guard who accused Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary of knowingly marketing a faulty hip implant that was later recalled.

Jurors found that the ASR XL implant was defectively designed and caused metal poisoning and other health problems suffered by Loren Kransky after he underwent surgery in 2007.

However, the panel rejected the 65-year-old’s claim that DePuy failed to adequately warn of the risks associated with the implant, and it didn’t find the company acted with malice, prohibiting Kransky from collecting any punitive damages.

The fraud and negligence suit is the first of nearly 11,000 similar cases involving an all-metal ball-and-socket hip joint that was pulled from the market two years ago to reach trial in the United States. Others like Kransky claim the implants have left them with crippling injuries or in need of other replacement surgeries.

Johnson & Johnson has set aside about $1 billion to cover costs of the recall and lawsuits.

Plaintiff’s attorney Doug Saeltzer said the verdict bodes well for the other cases.

“The message is that these cases are valid, that the injuries are real and severe, and Johnson & Johnson and DePuy have to pay significant money for their mistakes,” Saeltzer said.

Loire Gawreluk, a DePuy spokeswoman, said the Warsaw, Ind., company plans to appeal the verdict.

“We believe ASR XL was properly designed, and that DePuy’s actions concerning the product were appropriate and responsible,” she said.

During the trial, Kransky’s lawyers told jurors that black pieces of metal flaked off the implant and caused a type of poisoning that could have killed him if the material had not been removed.

 

Brian Panish, one of Kransky’s attorneys, said during closing arguments that the company “knew this hip was defective long before Mr. Kransky got it,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

“They wanted to play Russian roulette with patients. This defendant didn’t care about patient safety,” Panish said.

Defense attorneys denied Kransky’s claims and argued he had a host of pre-existing health ailments and the hip implant didn’t make him worse.

The hip joint was sold for eight years to more than 90,000 people worldwide. New Brunswick, N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson stopped making the product in 2009 and recalled it the next year.

The artificial part is meant to replace deteriorated joints causing severe pain and limiting mobility, and is generally expected to last 10 to 20 years. With the DePuy hip implant, one in eight patients needed theirs replaced within five years.

Attorneys representing the patients claim J&J knew about the problems in 2008. The company has denied those allegations.

Johnson & Johnson, the world’s biggest provider of health care products, has issued more than 30 product recalls since 2009. Most have involved nonprescription medicines such as adult and children’s Tylenol and Motrin, but other recalls were for prescription drugs for conditions such as epilepsy or for contact lenses.

Johnson & Johnson shares rose 44 cents to $78.19 Friday.  No harm done to J & J apparently. Our DePuy lawyers are accepting cases for immediate filing in some states. Call to find out if your state has passed the statute of limitations.

 

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Johnson and Johnson Hip Replacement Recalls Investigated

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At the DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline we are keeping you up to date on all the news surrounding the DePuy Hip Replacement. We continue to receive calls from people with failed metal on metal hip replacements. Our Hip replacement lawyers are still accepting DePuy Hip Replacement lawsuits.

NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey — Federal prosecutors are investigating Johnson & Johnson’s practices in marketing a line of hip replacements recalled in 2010 because many had to be replaced within a few years — part of a string of more than 30 product recalls by the health care giant in the last 3 1/2 years.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts and the Civil Division of the U.S. Justice Department last August sent Johnson & Johnson an “informal request” for information about its ASR XL hip replacements, J&J reported in a regulatory filing Friday.

The company’s annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission states that the government has asked for additional documents from DePuy Synthes and two related subsidiaries. They have turned over the documents and are cooperating fully with investigators, the filing states.

DePuy Synthes is one of the world’s biggest makers of joint replacements, surgical trauma equipment and other orthopedic surgery products.

The filing didn’t specify what the government is looking for, but J&J has had legal problems before over its artificial joints. Just days before the ASR systems were recalled, the Food and Drug Administration told DePuy to stop marketing its Corail Hip System for two unapproved uses.

And in 2007, J&J agreed to pay $84.7 million in fines as part of a settlement of a sweeping investigation by the Justice Department into alleged kickbacks. J&J and the four other top U.S. makers of replacement hips and knees were accused of paying surgeons to get them to use their products exclusively, from at least 2002 through 2006.

DePuy recalled two artificial joint systems — the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System — in August 2010 because of unexpectedly high rates of failure. That means they caused pain and difficulty walking because they no longer fit perfectly, or that tiny pieces of metal had flaked off inside the patient’s body, allegedly causing immune system problems in some people. More than 90,000 of systems were recalled in the U.S. and other countries.

That was part of an embarrassing spate of J&J recalls of artificial joints, contact lenses, prescription drugs and over-the-counter medicines that began in September 2009. Reasons range from contamination with bacteria and incorrect levels of a drug’s active ingredient to a nauseating smell on containers and liquid medicines that may contain tiny metal shavings.

Lost product sales and expensive, ongoing factory upgrades have cost the company, based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, well over $1 billion.

Artificial joint systems, made of high-tech metals, plastics or ceramic, replace deteriorated joints causing severe pain and limiting mobility, usually in older folks with advanced arthritis. Hip replacement parts include the top of the thigh bone, the ball atop that and a plate lining the hip socket.

They’re generally expected to last at least 10 to 20 years. In the case of the recalled DePuy ASR hip systems, one in eight patients needed theirs replaced within five years.

Attorneys representing patients needing replacements have alleged Johnson & Johnson knew about the problems with the DePuy hip systems back in 2008, but didn’t stop selling them until 2009 and didn’t recall the remaining products until 2010. The company has denied that and said it acted properly. It has set aside about $1 billion to cover costs of the recall and lawsuits.

Last month, the first trial began among thousands of lawsuits brought by people accusing J&J of knowingly selling faulty implants. The fraud and negligence case, brought by a former prison guard, is being heard by a jury in Los Angeles.

Artificial hips and knees from multiple manufacturers have been recalled for various problems in recent years.

Just last week, Johnson & Johnson issued a recall on a different line of its hip implants, the “Adept” brand all-metal total hip replacement system, also because a higher-than-expected percentage of one part of them had to be replaced.

A patient registry in the United Kingdom found about 12 percent of people who had gotten those joints needed them replaced within seven years. In Australia, a registry showed 7 percent of patients needed replacements in just three years.

J&J said it was recalling all 7,500 Adept implants shipped worldwide between 2004 and September 2011. Most likely were already implanted in patients, who were told to contact their doctor if they had problems.

If you or a loved one has a failed DePuy or any metal on metal or metal component hip replacement including the DePuy Pinnacle, DePuy ASR and Stryker Rejuvinate and ABG II Modular Stems call the hip replacement helpline for an experienced hip replacement lawyer.

DePuy Pinnacle Lawyers, DePuy Pinnacle Helpline

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DePuy Hip Replacement Helpline has launched a DePuy Pinnacle Helpline to locate all people with a faulty DePuy Pinnacle. You must file your DePuy Pinnacle lawsuit right away.

Recipients of the various metal on metal hip implants are suffering nationwide.

“I used to ski, hike and swim. Tennis was my favorite sport and I miss it so much. I can’t do any of that anymore. All I can do now is watch videos on the computer or watch TV. As you can imagine, I gained weight (I just went on a diet) since I had my hip replaced. I can’t lose weight by exercising, and because I can’t exercise, my whole body aches. I guess I will get revision surgery at the last minute, if they can still do it. The doctor told my mother that my hip might not even be able to get fixed again, so that has made me even more hesitant.”

History Of the Failed DePuy

2009

In August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns DePuy about the safety of an artificial hip device sold abroad. DePuy’s research and clinical data are inadequate, so it can’t sell the product in the United States. Meanwhile, DePuy continues to market the product outside America.

2010

DePuy begins phasing out two models of its all-metal implants that are sold in the United States. The company cites falling sales. (According to a 2012 New York Times report, DePuy actually started planning the phase-out shortly after receiving the FDA warning.) Reports of complications and high rates of early device failure have already surfaced. DePuy defends its devices by blaming failures on surgeon errors.

2010

DePuy finally recalls its Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) Acetabular Hip System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System. It cites “higher than expected revision rates” for the all-metal devices.

2011

The FDA warns DePuy to stop selling certain products, including artificial joint systems, without proper approval. It also cites ineffective quality control procedures.

2012

 DePuy Pinnacle, Another J & J Failure

  • Pain in the groin, hip or leg
  • Need for painful revision surgeries
  • Difficulty getting up, standing and walking
  • Chromium or cobalt toxicity
  • Swelling and inflammation

Metal Toxicity Symptoms

  • chest pain, shortness of breath
  • numbness, weakness, change in vision or hearing
  • fatigue, feeling cold, weight gain
  • change in urination habits
  • high levels of metal in the blood

DePuy Pinnacle, Another Failure has been recalled.

New Recall Adept Hip Replacement

Johnson and Johnson has a history of failed implants and now the Stryker Rejuvinate and ABG modular stems have been recalled.

Call our Hip Replacement Helpline today

 

 

Stryker Hip Replacement Recall Lawsuits Continue To Proceed

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Stryker hip recall lawsuits are moving forward in a consolidated litigation established in New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County .   Judge Brian R. Martinotti has scheduled the litigation’s initial conference for February 20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. (In re Stryker Rejuvenate Hip Stem and the ABG II Modular Hip Stem Litigation, No. 296 (N.J. Super. Ct., Bergen Cty.)

Both the Stryker Rejuvinate Stem and ABGII Modular Hip Stem were recalled and the hip replacement helpline Stryker division has had numerous calls from people suffering from a failed Stryker metal component hip replacement.

On January 17, 2013, the FDA issued a safety communication regarding metal-on-metal hip implants. The press release is an update to the agency’s evaluation of the potential complications of these devices. The update notes that all-metal implants carry risks that are unique because of the friction of their components.

Stryker has claimed the new hip replacement would:

  • Rejuvenate hips were first made available by Stryker in February 2009
  • increased stability,
  • better mobility,
  • superior fit over other hip replacement implants on the market.

Apparently this is not the case as it was necessary to recall the implants and lawsuits are flooding in. Get an experienced Stryker lawsuit Lawyer at the Stryker Hip Replacement Help division of Hip Replacement Helpline

Thousands of people have been filing Stryker Hip Replacemant lawsuits like Laray Johnson, a resident of Alabama. He received a Stryker Rejuvenate implant in his right hip on March 22, 2011. He then received a Rejuvenate implant in his left hip on June 24, 2011. This was a year prior to the voluntary Stryker hip recall. Mr Johnson began to experience substantial pain and discomfort around the area of the implants.

Thousands are filing lawsuits and we hear from many every day with telling us about  device deterioration and corrosion,  serious problems, bone fractures, metallosis, tissue damage, and severe pain.

Call us for a Stryker lawyer today.