It was a small article in the Irish press but the words used were so strong that we had to reprint them here.
Dr. Thomas Joyce of Newcastle University has called the recall of DePuy hip implants a “medical disaster.”
Ireland’s Sky News quoted Dr. Joyce as saying:
“It [the DePuy recall] is the biggest disaster in the history of orthopaedics. To think here we are in the 21st century, in 2011, that we have such major failures. This has major implications around the world.“
In August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics division of Johnson & Johnson recalled the ASR XL Acetabular and Hip Resurfacing Systems citing a high revision rate. While DePuy says that 13-14% of their hip implant devices will eventually need to be replaced, we’ve seen articles in the Irish press that predict that upwards to 50% of the devices will eventually need revision.
The reasons for the high revision rate was initially failure symptoms including severe pain, dislocation and fractures. However, over time there is concerning data that shows that the metal-on-metal design of the hip implant can cause metallosis which is metal poisoning. High concentrates of Cobalt and Chromium in the blood stream and in the tissue around the affected implant can cause necrossis, or tissue death, pseudo-tumors, as well as heart damage and cancer.
If you or a loved one has had a hip implant since 2003 and are unsure what you should do, contact The Farber Law Group, a product liability law firm with offices in Seattle and Bellevue, with more than 30 years experience representing people with serious injuries.
Herb Farber, our firm’s founder, has two hip replacement surgeries himself, the last one in November 2010, so he understands your damages and suffering.
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