The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Food & Health

November 22, 2013

Is this knee replacement product tainted by lawsuit?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I will be having a full knee replacement in early November. Because I am metal-sensitive, my surgeon will be using a titanium knee. He told me he would be using the Zimmer product. In researching on the Internet, I found that there are several lawsuits pending on the company’s products. Is the Internet overstating the problems with these products? Is there a substitute that I can talk to my surgeon about? — L.C.S.

ANSWER: There are a few issues here. The first is metal sensitivity. In people with a metal sensitivity or allergy (which is usually to nickel), a titanium device is a good choice.

Second, you can find scary stories about anything on the Internet. I have no doubt that there are many people who have had bad experiences with any particular brand of prosthesis, and because Zimmer is the most widely used manufacturer, it does not surprise me that its products are commonly listed. Two recent studies showed a need for revision using Zimmer products to be between 0.5 percent and 1.9 percent, which is as good as or better than other products. There has not been a Food and Drug Administration recall of its current knee prostheses, although, as is the case with other manufacturers, some components have been recalled. I did a search on a competing company and found multiple lawsuits there, too.

Third, the opinion that is most informed is that of your surgeon, who has a great deal of experience. I think it is entirely reasonable to share with him your concerns and ask if he thinks there is a better product for you.

DR. ROACH WRITES: Several readers have asked or assumed, but I do not endorse any particular product, and never accept any gifts, travel, cash or anything from pharmaceutical companies.

Text Only
Food & Health
  • Sunburn isn't the only sign of summer that can leave you itchy and blistered

    You've got a rash. You quickly rule out the usual suspects: You haven't been gardening or hiking or even picnicking, so it's probably not a plant irritant such as poison ivy or wild parsnip; likewise, it's probably not chiggers or ticks carrying Lyme disease; and you haven't been swimming in a pond, which can harbor the parasite that causes swimmer's itch.

    July 31, 2014

  • Fist bump photo Study: Fist bumps less germy than handshakes

    When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Watermelon Think beyond the slice with refreshing watermelon

    Watermelon is one of those foods you really don’t need to overthink.
    Slice it. Eat it. Spit out the occasional seed. Done.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Health insurers owe Iowans nearly $1.8M in refunds

    The federal government says insurers owe Iowans nearly $1.8 million in refunds because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act.

    July 24, 2014

  • Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs WASHINGTON (AP) — Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday.The weak link seemed to be call cente

    July 24, 2014

  • Almost half of America's obese youth don't know they're obese

    The good news is that after decades of furious growth, obesity rates finally seem to be leveling off in the U.S.. The bad news is that America's youth still appear to be dangerously unaware of the problem.

    July 23, 2014

  • Illinois patients to docs: 'What about marijuana?'

    Illinois doctors, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice organizations are ramping up for their role as gatekeepers in the state's new medical marijuana program.

    July 23, 2014

  • Amanda Stecker Herbs make a better way to flavor meals Summer is a season full of fresh herbs. This is the best time of year to take advantage of the fresh herbs in the grocery store. Herbs add a boost of flavor without added sodium and are rich in antioxidants. Herbs are easy to incorporate into everyda

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Genome Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick.Such work could eventually point to new treatments, although they are many y

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • An oncologist uses scorpion venom to locate cancer cells

    Olson, a pediatric oncologist and research scientist in Seattle, has developed a compound he calls Tumor Paint. When injected into a cancer patient, it seems to light up all the malignant cells so surgeons can easily locate and excise them.

    July 22, 2014

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.