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DePuy Hip Recall - What Happened and Why Now

DePuy Hip Recall
On August 26, 2010 DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. announced a recall of 93,000 hip replacement systems due to a higher than expected number of people experiencing pain and other symptoms so severe that a second hip replacement surgery became necessary. Some of the symptoms of a failing DePuy ASR hip implant are loosening detachment of the implant, dislocation of the implant components or fracture of the bone around the implant. The ASR Hip Replacement System was approved for use in 2005 with complaints starting around 2007, where there were approximately 100. The number of reported DePuy hip replacement problems had doubled by 2008 and tripled by 2009. Major newspapers such as the The New York Times has published multiple articles about the problems and potential for more widespread problems for persons with these implants, practically forecasting the DePuy hip recall.

DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Systems Recalled

The DePuy hip recall only involves the ASR Hip Replacement Systems, specifically the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems sold in between 2005 and 2009. The DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System was not approved for use in the US, so most Americans need only be concerned if they have a DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement System. DePuy began phasing out the ASR line of hip replacement systems late last year.

DePuy Hip Implant Metal-on-Metal BearingsMetal-on-Metal Bearings and Hip Implant Problems

The DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Systems are part of a metal-on-metal bearings class of joint replacement systems. In some cases this type of hip replacement system can generate debris through its normal wear. That debris then leads to inflammation and tissue damage. The agency in the UK in charge of medical device regulation issued a warning on the debris from this type of device in March. DePuy warned physicians that the implants may have a high rate of failure around this time. Articles included statements from prominent orthopedic surgeons that "most major medical centers have seen issues with this device". The FDA had received over 400 complaints from patients with the devices prior to the recall.

12 - 13% Failure Rate - 1 in 8 Will Need a Second Hip Replacement

The National Joint Registry of England and Wales completed a 2010 study that showed 12% of ASR Hip Resurfacing System and 13% of the ASR XL Acetabular System needing a second hip replacement within 5 years or the original hip replacement surgery. That means 1 out of every 8 hip replacements with this implant system will have a total failure and an even greater number may experience hip replacement problems less than a failure requiring a revision surgery.

DePuy Hip Revision Surgery - Enduring Hip Replacement Surgery, Again

Hip revision surgery is surgery to correct or replace a hip replacement system. With a 12 - 13% rate of premature failure, it's likely that 11,600 or more people will now need to undergo a second complicated and painful hip replacement procedure by 2014.

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