DePuy Orthopedics announced a large scale recall of the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System total hip replacement and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System for their high failure rates and increased side-effects which have left patients with increased disability.
Indicated by research and test studies, the hip implants have higher failure rates than other models and have caused serious hip problems for many. Five years after receiving the DePuy implants, complications required 12 to 13 percent of patients to undergo a second hip replacement surgery, making the DePuy hip recall a needed consumer awareness situation.
The implants have been associated with a number of problems, including the loosening of the hip replacement within the body and "metallosis" a serious condition that can bring by rashes and nerve damage. Since the first hip replacement surgery was performed in 1960, millions of patients have undergone the procedure to alleviate severe hip problems and to increase their mobility.
Some believe the DePuy ASR hip implant is too shallow to allow for proper implantation. Others point to the danger posed by metal debris released by the implants. In an editorial that ran in the June issue of The Journal of Arthroplasty, three leading physicians argued that metal hip implants "do not show any clinical advantage," but rather "are producing a new serious of complications."
Hip implants made of metal-on-metal components, like the recalled DePuy hip replacements, have only been introduced in recent years. Many of those who received the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System total hip replacement or the ASR Hip Resurfacing System have since filed lawsuits against the company, seeking compensation for medical bills and additional expenses associated with side effects of the hip devices.
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-- Ross W. Crawford, Chitranjan S. Ranawat, Richard H. Rothman The Journal of Arthroplasty - June 2010 (Vol. 25, Issue 4, Pages 664-665, DOI: 10.1016/j.arth.2010.03.023)