The British Hip Society and British Orthopaedic Association says that the failure rate of the DePuy ASR hip implant may soar to 49%, four times more than its original estimate reports Bloomberg News.
Britain has a national registry that tracks patients who have had artificial joints implanted. This registry originally revealed that that within four years, 21% of the patients fitted with the DePuy ASR hip implant required a revision, or re-do surgery. A new study based on the results from four surgeons reveals that upwards of 49% of patients have to undergo a second surgery to replace their defective hip within six years of the original surgery.
Dr. John Skinner, an orthopedic surgeon and chairman of the Orthopaedic Association advisory group on metal bearing hips said that he felt that this study is “the best indicator so far of what the failure rate is likelly to be” even though the data has not undergone peer review.
Affected patients have filed product-liability, failure-to-warn and negligence civil lawsuits claiming DePuy was negligent in their manufacture and marketing of the prosthesis and that DePuy knew the implants were flawed long before the recall. In their lawsuits, victims seek damages for medical costs, pain and suffering and for lost wages.
It is recommended that asymptomatic patients seek the advice of a product liability attorney to insure that their rights are protected.
This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We represent people who have been injured by the defective DePuy hip implant.
J&J Hip Failure Rate as High as 49 Percent, U.K. Doctors Say
By Greg Farrell and David Voreacos – Mar 9, 20 Bllomberg News
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