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Longevity is key for a successful hip implant. Because every revision surgery carries risks of bone deterioration or infection, limiting the number of times the implant must be replaced over the life of the patient is important. Manufacturers have sought to improve durability by trying different materials, including ceramics and…

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When searching online for information on the Stryker V40 Femoral Head, most people will be wanting to learn more about the dangers posed to patients by the product line after a disproportionate number of implant recipients suffered significant side effects. Unfortunately, people are as likely to be inundated with data…

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Bard has been designing IVC blood filters for years, going through a number of product lines with names such as Recovery, Eclipse, and Meridian. The two most recent models are the Denali and the Simon Nitinol. Whenever a developer chooses to constantly rename iterations of their products instead of attempting…

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For years, hospitals have used the Bair Hugger Warming System before surgery to manage the body temperature of patients. The system uses forced air to maintain the desired temperature, and the manufacturer claims that utilizing this technology reduces the risk of infection, reduces bleeding, and reduces post-operative complications. Unfortunately, though…

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Neuroblate promised to be a literal lifesaver for many patients, presenting itself as a minimally invasive method of treating a variety of brain diseases. The primary use of Neuroblate was to treat brain tumors and other growths by excising them with minimal risk to the patient. The method of doing…

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Blood thinners are the go-to treatment option for many people with blood clots, as the risk profile of these medications is frequently lower than other treatments. But for those who can’t tolerate blood thinners for a variety of reasons, there are other options. One of the more common treatments is…

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For once, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) couldn’t be more honest. Granted, it buries the truth in the second sentence of the recall rather than the first. But there is no arguing with what is written. “Use of this device may also cause death.” The Hudson RCI Pediatric…

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Trust the experts. That’s the conventional wisdom, and most of us tend to follow conventional wisdom. Nothing is more reassuring than knowing that an expert team of doctors and nurses is providing care to our sick child. But sometimes even the experts aren’t aware of problems with the supplies their…

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At some point, it becomes very difficult to continue to give companies the benefit of the doubt. Medtronic is fast becoming one of those companies. Last year, Medtronic had six Class I recall events, where they were required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to recall medical equipment that…

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