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In 2014, the global hip reconstruction devices market was valued at $4.8 billion. By 2020, it is anticipated to rise to $5.9 billion. Hip implant devices, manufactured and distributed by companies such as Stryker, Zimmer, DePuy, Smith & Nephew, Biomet and Wright, are popular options to replace damaged and deteriorated joints caused by aging, disease, osteoarthritis or injury.
The global market is classified into primary, partial, revision and hip resurfacing devices. Primary devices, which maintain the largest market share by product, are further classified as cementless or cemented reconstruction. North America had the largest market share in 2014, primarily caused by higher incidence of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and other musculoskeletal disorders, higher insurance recoveries, government initiatives, technological advances, general heightened health awareness and increased spending capacity.
Further, the increased use of minimally invasive surgery, particularly with regard to hip implants, has the benefits of reducing soft tissue distraction, accelerating recovery, minimizing discomfort, limiting hospital stays and decreasing rehabilitation time. Accordingly, the latest hip implants have been created to promote minimally invasive techniques.
Hip replacement surgery (arthroplasty) is very common in the United States. During surgery, damaged cartilage and surrounding bone is removed from the acetabulum. The acetabulum is replaced with an artificial cup kept in place with cement or screws, though the design of certain hip implants allows new bone to grow into the implant to keep it stable. The femoral head is replaced with an artificial ball, and an artificial stem is placed in hollow space in the femur to support the artificial ball. The artificial ball fits into the lined artificial cup to yield a reconstructed hip joint.
Most hip implants are generally designed the same, and they replicate the ball-and-socket structure of the human hip to allow for natural movement of the hip joint. An implant consists of an artificial femoral stem, an artificial ball replacing the femoral head, and an artificial cup replacing the acetabulum. A liner is placed in the cup to reduce friction and enable smooth movement. Hip implants are intended to last between 10 – 20 years, with durability based upon each patient’s unique condition, body composition and lifestyle.
If you or a family member have a hip reconstruction device (with or without suffering symptoms side effects and/or related conditions), or have had revision surgery to remove and replace a hip reconstruction device, you and/or your family member may be entitled to money damages.