Johnson & Johnson and DePuy Orthopedics were ordered to pay $1.04 billion in compensatory and punitive damages to patients who were injured by the metal-on-metal Pinnacle hip implants. The amount is the third largest jury award of 2016.
Feature | Health December 1, 2016
Lab-grown cartilage can help younger arthritis patients who are ineligible for total hip replacement surgeries. The semi-artificial cartilage contains the patient's own stem cells and is designed to reduce inflammation.
Biotech July 20, 2016
Some patients continue to use opioids months after a successful joint replacement surgery despite improvements in pain. What causes them to continue using prescription opioid painkillers?
Medicine June 4, 2016
Patients with mental disorders are most likely to develop complications after hip replacement surgery, a new study has found. This is because of their lack of self-management, higher risk of other medical conditions and lack of ability to follow post-surgery instructions, among others.
April 28, 2016
DePuy Synthes admitted a manufacturing error that left thousands of people with crippling pain and inflammation due to having the wrong size of hip implants. Parts of the company's Pinnacle design were measured while hot, making the size slightly off when in room temperature.
Life January 26, 2016
A new study shows that the cement used for hip replacement procedures could be harmful, even deadly, especially to patients with existing heart problems.
Life June 15, 2014
Feature | Science