As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in complex hip replacements, Stephen Tower knew enough about the devices to ask his own surgeon specifically for a metal-on-metal hip implant called the ASR XL, made by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics, when he was due for hip replacement surgery. The newly approved medical device appeared to be more durable and longer lasting than traditional implants made from other materials. But five years after his surgery, Tower was in so much pain that he underwent revision surgery to remove and replace his device. When his surgeon cut into his hip, he found a ... Read More
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