Due to severe hip pain, 42 year old professional umpire Mark Hirschbeck received a hip replacement, using a ceramic joint made by Wright Medical Group and recommended by his doctor, John Keggi.
The joint subsequently shattered, “leading to an infection and four more surgeries that left Hirschbeck permanently sidelined. He later learned that Wright paid tens of thousands of dollars to a foundation Keggi helps run and gave him a trip to a conference in the Bahamas. Keggi recommended the ceramic device over the kinds of implants used in 97 percent of cases.”
-from “New Hips Gone Awry Expose U.S. Kickbacks in Doctors’ Conflicts” by David Armstrong, 11 June 2010 Bloomerg.com