Senior Health: The Dangers of Knee and Hip Replacement Implants

This episode is all about the safety of both hip and knee replacement implants. Approximately 600,000 individuals in the United States receive a total knee replacement every year, and 450,000 get total hip replacements by surgeons. Sadly, at least 80,000 deaths have occurred since 2008 from medical devices in the United States. Madris Kinard of Device Events joins to explain why medical device adverse events have doubled over the past five years. Tune in as Madris reveals what you need to consider before getting a knee or hip implant and some common issues that may occur.

In This Episode:

  • [03:30] Sadly, medical device adverse events have doubled over the past five years. Madris explains why. 
  • [08:10] Why metalosis is so common with metal hip replacements. 
  • [13:30] What patients should consider before getting a knee or a hip implant.
  • [18:15] The reason you may have to get your metal implants replaced multiple times. 
  • [20:55] Advice from Madris about getting a knee or hip implant.  

Key Takeaways:

  • Medical device adverse events have doubled over the past five years because many patients are getting multiple devices simultaneously. 
  • Typically, a senior’s hips will dislocate because of the patient’s anatomy or because the wrong device was chosen. 
  • Sadly, there are deaths associated with medical device knees; there can be issues with the materials in the metals. 
  • Always ask the physician how frequently they see issues with their patients with the device they want to implant. 

Meet Madris Kinard

Device Events was founded by Madris Kinard in 2015 after she worked for the FDA. and discovered that safety information for medical devices was hard to come by for patients and physicians. Madris identified that patient safety and health outcomes were being critically impacted by the inaccessibility of information on adverse events caused by medical devices.

That information is now easily accessible through clear, comprehensive, metrics, reports and signal alerts that healthcare professionals can use to improve health outcomes and patient safety while reducing risk for their organizations.