The leading hip makers behind J&J are Zimmer and Stryker, according to a BMO Capital Markets report in February that said the worldwide hip replacement market would grow 3.2% this year from $5.28 billion in 2010.
WASHINGTON, DC (WLBT) – The FDA is asking for more studies to be done on some types of artificial hips.
The order asks all producers of metal on metal hips to collect more follow up data on patients who received the device. The use of metal implants has declined over the past two years, because they haven’t worked in a large percentage of patients and some patients have developed serious health problems.
Manufacturers are expected to take blood samples from patients to determine the levels of metallic ion in their systems and calculate how often the devices are failing.
“It is amazing how liberating this is and I feel grateful and blessed to live in Canada,” she says. Osteoarthritis runs in her family. She recalls that her grandmother could do little more than move between her bed and rocking chair and kept a bottle of what her grandchildren were told was lemon juice at her side. It was actually alcohol, the only way she had of coping with the pain.
Keeping up with hip health
What can you do to avoid hip issues like these? A lot. Be sure to cross-train and break up repetitive patterns. When working on flexibility, make sure your effort is equal from side to side. Remember exercises such as the frog stretch—lie on the abdomen with the legs in second position; push up on forearms and tuck the pelvis. This gives equal pliability to the pectineus muscles at the very top of your inner thighs.
One great end-of-the-day pelvic balancer is the “constructive rest position” recommended by mind–body wellness pioneer Mabel Todd. Lie on your back with both legs bent at a 90-degree angle, feet flat on the floor. Tie the thighs together with something inelastic, like a yoga strap, to release the muscles. Stay and breathe for 5 to 10 minutes.
The Promise of Hip Replacement
New-and-improved technology is making total hip replacement a safe and viable alternative for patients who suffer from chronic pain stemming from premature arthritis or hip malformation.
“Hip replacement surgery has come a long way,” Dr. Landon said. “The improvements allow for more precise reconstruction of the hip.”
Time is also a big benefit. Nowadays, patients can recover faster from surgery lasting two hours or less. They are usually up and walking the next day.
According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the most common reason for joint replacement is pain and a decreased quality of life … often caused by osteoarthritis, which occurs when cartilage in your joints wears down over time.
Recent advances in surgical techniques, such as computer-assisted and minimally-invasive procedures, have allowed patients to recover quickly and experience reduced levels of pain. This may account for the increase in the number of joint replacements — the demand for total hip replacements has increased by an astounding 60 percent and for total knee replacements by 70 percent in a 10-year period. Doctors performed 543,000 total knee replacements and 230,000 total hip replacements in 2007 (CDC).
In the past, doctors reserved hip replacement surgery primarily for people over 60 years of age. The thinking was that older people typically are less active and put less stress on the artificial hip than do younger people. In more recent years, however, doctors have found that hip replacement surgery can be very successful in younger people as well. New technology has improved the artificial parts, allowing them to withstand more stress and strain and last longer.
Hip replacement surgery is performed over 300,000 times each year in the U.S. to repair severe hip damage. In a hip replacement, the surgeon removes degenerate cartilage and bone from the hip joint and replaces them with prosthetics. This surgery is used to accomplish long-term pain relief and increased mobility.