Researchers Develop Coating to Prevent Hip Implant Failures

by Ryan L. Thompson on 04/30/2012

DePuy Hip Implants

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has announced the development of a coating that could help reduce the risk of hip implant failure.  Unfortunately, the coating will do nothing to help thousands of patients who have already been fitted with these hip implants, and live in fear of a revision surgery.

According to the team, the coating could help implants last for much longer, and could also reduce the risk of infections.  The results of the research have been published in the journal Advanced Materials.  The researchers believe that the coating will help the implants adhere to the patient's bone, thereby reducing the risk of failure of the device. 

Currently, the hip implant recall lawyers at our firm are investigating several cases involving patients who were implanted with these medical devices, and had to undergo revision surgery after the failure of the device.  An estimated 17% of persons, who received an artificial hip or knee implant, are expected to require a revision surgery within a few years.

A revision or replacement surgery is not just painful, but can also involve a host of complications.  For instance, the patient can lose substantial tissue during the process. 

The findings of the MIT research only confirm what hip implant recall lawyers already know.  It's possible to develop medical devices that are extremely safe, and actually help contribute to the betterment of the quality of a person's life. 

Companies however need to get their medical devices tested adequately, and only release these in the market when the devices are proven to be 100% safe and effective.  Unfortunately, so many companies like Johnson & Johnson's orthopedic division DePuy Orthopedics fail to do so, with devastating results for consumers.

Tags: Medical Device Mass Torts, Mass Torts, Hip Implants

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