DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, announced at the end of August 2010 that it is recalling parts used for hip replacements. At issue is the high rate of repeat surgeries needed by people who have received the implants, which current numbers show to be 1 in 8 of those who received this product, an estimated 93,000 people.
Below is a picture of a DePuy device:
Common symptoms of those affected by the defect are:
- Hip Pain and/or Swelling
- Difficulty Walking or Moving
- Noise with Movement
- Increased Blood Metal Ion Content
Following many months of pain, inconvenience and rehabilitation therapy for hip replacement surgery with the DePuy ASR hip replacement system, thousands of people will be forced to undergo the ordeal again to remove and replace their hardware.
Which DePuy Hips are Involved?
Affected hip replacement parts involved in the recall include the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System, which is the cup portion of a replacement hip joint, and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System. Resurfacing involves implanting a cup and capping the ball at the top of the thighbone in a procedure that preserves more bone than traditional replacements. It is geared toward younger patients.
Each of the metal products is used to replace a worn or weakened part of the hip, which consists of a socket at the outer edge of the pelvis and a rounded bone atop the thigh bone that fits into that socket like a ball. The ASR Hip Resurfacing System replaces the ball portion of the hip and has a metal stem that fits into the top of the hip bone, or femur. The ASR XL Acetabular System is a concave metal piece used to provide a smooth lining for the acetabulum, the bowl-shaped socket in the pelvis.
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