DePuy Hip Implants Cause Osteolysis

In the United States, hip replacement surgery is one of the most common orthopaedic surgeries that occurs each year. In fact, since 1997, there have been approximately 300,000 hip replacement surgeries performed in the United States. Without question, the development of prosthetic hip joint replacements, and the development of cement or "glue" to securely place these implant parts into the human skeleton, has been one of the most major advancements in orthopaedic surgery during the last several decades. Notwithstanding the numbers, as was detailed on our articles about hip implants, hip replacement surgery is not a cure for hip pain and … [Read more...]

After DePuy Recall, Patients Ask: “Did I really need that implant?”

Now that some 96,000 patients could potentially have a defective DePuy ASR hip implant, many patients are asking the question "Did I really need to have hip replacement surgery to begin with?" Many patients who elected to have the DePuy hip replacement surgery did so because they had hip pain and believed that this device would "cure" their pain. But, a hip implant is a treatment for the pain, not a cure. Why isn't a Hip Implant a Cure for Hip Joint Pain? The hip is a joint between the top of the leg bone ("femur") and the pelvis bone ("acetabulum"). Hip pain is caused when there is damage to this joint. The main function of the hip … [Read more...]

Elder Abuse and Nursing Home Neglect: Is Any Resident Safe?

A New York nursing home finds itself in the midst of nursing home abuse allegations after being accused of holding a frail Brooklyn judge prisoner by blocking his mail and visitors. The allegations are the latest twist in a case launched this year by the family of Judge John Phillips against Prospect Park Residence, the nursing home in which Phillips resided for eight months until he died at age 83 in 2008. The family's lawyer, John O'Hara, a long time friend of Judge Phillips, said of the tragedy: The whole thing was surreal. It looked like a nice place, but it was a death house. Elder Abuse and Nursing Home … [Read more...]