DePuy Hip Replacement Cases
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Unfortunately, yet another prosthetic device has been recalled due to unexpectedly high complication rates. On August 24, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, voluntarily recalled its hip replacement product, the ASR™ XL Acetabular System.
DePuy claimed the recall was prompted by data it received in 2010 from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales. This study demonstrated that approximately 13% (or 1 in 8 patients) receiving this particular prosthesis required revision surgery. This revision rate far exceeds the <1% revision rate experienced with similar devices. While the reasons for this unusually high revision rate are still under investigation, DePuy has conceded that a significant percentage of the patients requiring revisions have experienced a reaction to the prosthesis' metal. When the metal pieces rub together, tiny particles of metal can enter the bloodstream setting off a severe allergic reaction in some patients. If this occurs, treatment is critical. Without appropriate treatment, a patient's condition can deteriorate and the joint can be severely damaged.