DePuy Hip Recall Is an Ugly Turn of Events for the Hip Replacement Patients to Whom It Gave New Life

Recall of implanted medical devices potentially much more traumatic than other recent American drug and product recalls.

Friday, September 3, 2010 - The announcement by DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. that it is recalling 93,000 ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems vindicated those patients who had experienced serious problems and gave new worries to tens of thousands of person with the medical device implanted in them. The DePuy hip recall information included shocking statistics that 1 in every 8 patients will experience failure of the device requiring a second hip replacement surgery within 5 years of use. This information came from data provided by the National Joint Registry of England and Wales. The DePuy ASR hip implant devices are part of a metal-on-metal bearings group of hip replacement systems that English medical professionals have been critical of, suggesting that the normal wear will create debris that creates serious complications in some patients.

James Onder, founding partner of Onder, Shelton, O‘Leary & Peterson, stated ‘In my estimation, the DePuy hip recall could have occurred much, much earlier. 400 complaints to the FDA from patients with it, articles in major newspapers and numerous hip replacement lawsuits should have been enough.‘ The Onder Law Firm has created a Depuy hip recall information web site with clear, concise information about what the recall means to persons with the medical implant.

While Americans have unfortunately become accustomed to seeing major recall announcements on the news, for food, pharmaceuticals and other everyday products, a recall of a medical implant device is an entirely different manner. Hip replacement surgery is a serious procedure with a lengthy recovery time. Patients typically weigh all sides heavily before going forward with a hip replacement and the Depuy hip recall now provides grave concern to thousands of older hip implant patients that they may have a secondary hip replacement surgery in their future.

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