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Posted by John Lehmann on Fri, Mar 22, 2013

Celebrities Going Under the Knife - For Medical Devices!

Celebrities Going Under the Knife  For Medical DevicesCelebrities are constantly making headlines for surgeries-usually those involving popular plastics or silicone.  A shorter list is of those celebrities that went under the knife for other medical treatments-specifically-medical devices or replacements.

According to FDC Act, Section 201, a device is an instrument, apparatus, implement, machine, contrivance, implant, in vitro reagent, or other similar or related article, with is

  • Intended for the use in the diagnosis of disease, in cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease
  • Intended to affect the structure of any function of the body not achieved through chemical action or by being metabolized

So, technically, a lot of those plastic surgeries that celebrities are making headlines for are for the implanting of a medical device-but those lists can get far too long. Let’s concentrate on a couple of shorter lists!

Celebrities with pacemakers:

  • VP Dick Cheney
  • Former Boston Red Sox great Ted Williams
  • “Sir” Elton John

Celebrities with Hip Replacements:

  • Former President Bush and his wife 3 years later at the Mayo Clinic
  • Billy Joel-both hips
  • Jane Fonda-she’s a two for one with a knee replacement
  • Former co-host Regis Philbin
  • Ray Charles
  • Former coach of “Da”-Chicago Bears Mike Ditka
  • Katherine Hepburn
  • Mary Lou Retton
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Duke Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski

Lastly, Michael Douglas had a knee replacement in 2009. Can you add to this list? What are other devices that celebrities can have implanted that you wouldn’t initially classify as a medical device?

Photo Credit: BAMCAT

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Topics: Medical Devices, FD&C Act, Celebrities, Section 201


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