Joint replacements are the #1 expenditure of Medicare. The process of approving these medical devices is flawed according to the Institute of Medicine. It is time for patients' voices to be heard as stakeholders and for public support for increased medical device industry accountability and heightened protections for patients. Post-market registry. Product warranty. Patient/consumer stakeholder equity. Rescind industry pre-emptions/entitlements. All clinical trials must report all data.
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Monday, November 5, 2012

Is that hip/knee replacement necessary?
Brian Goldman,   Saturday, November 3, 2012  CBC Radio  White Coat Black Art
30 minute audio

This week a show with some information you might find pretty surprising. Sometimes, the surgery you've been told you need might not be necessary. There may be other options -- whether it's a hysterectomy or a knee replacement, going under the knife isn't always the answer. You'll hear from journalist Holly Bridges, who found an alternative when her doctor said she needed to have her uterus removed -- and made it her job to spread the job to other women through her new book "The UNhysterectomy.And we head to a groundbreaking clinic in Toronto, where a new breed of physiotherapists are helping to cut down on unneeded hip and knee surgery and reducing wait times for those who need to go under the knife as a result. 

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