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Lack of testing, FDA shortcuts made DePuy hip recipients guinea pigs

The term “guinea pig” is often used jokingly by patients who feel that their medical treatment is underdeveloped or experimental. But when it comes to the Food and Drug Administration’s fast-track approval of certain medical devices such as DePuy’s ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing implants, “guinea pig” is sometimes an apt description. The FDA often approves medical devices without requiring proper clinical testing if the manufacturer demonstrates that the new unproven device is substantially similar to an already-approved one. This process, called the 510k process, spares the manufacturer thousands of dollars in clinical testing and usually takes just ... Read More

Zsa Zsa doing well after amputation caused by hip implant infection

Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has returned home after spending 10 days in the hospital where she underwent surgery to amputate her right leg above the knee, a last-ditch effort to stop an infection that had started in her artificial hip implant and spread to the bone. Zsa Zsa, who will turn 94 next week, underwent hip replacement surgery in July after falling in her Beverly Hills home. Infections are one of the main causes for amputation; however, the need to remove all or part of a leg due to an infection caused by hip implants is not common. Most artificial ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson earnings drop due to artificial hip, product recalls

The recall of artificial hips made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, along with multiple recalls of over-the-counter drugs, also made by Johnson & Johnson, have taken a toll on the world’s largest health-products maker. The company posted a net income of $1.94 billion, or 70 cents a share, compared with $2.21 billion, or 79 cents a share, for the same period in 2009. This year’s quarter isn’t getting off to a stellar start either, with a $922 million charge to cover costs related solely to the recall of Johnson & Johnson/DePuy Orthopaedics hip replacement systems. Overall, ... Read More

Lawsuits against artificial hip maker are mounting

Scores of Canadians, Americans and Europeans are filing lawsuits against DePuy Orthopaedics because their artificial hips have caused them pain over and beyond what is normally expected from a hip implant, and have required many people to undergo painful revision surgeries to replace their faulty implant. DePuy recalled the implants last August, about five years after they became available in the U.S. and Canada, because data showed that five years after implantation, approximately 12 percent, or one in eight patients who received the device, needed revision surgery. Most hip replacement systems have a similar failure rate after 30 or more ... Read More

Five Chicago hip implant patients file lawsuits against DePuy

An ABC affiliate in Chicago reports that five Chicago area residents are filing lawsuits against DePuy Orthopedics, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, over their defective hip implant devices. According to ABC 7 Chicago, the DePuy hip implant recipients accuse the manufacturer of ignoring evidence that the hip implant devices were defective and then acting too slowly to recall them. The implants contain large metal-on-metal components which with friction release potentially toxic heavy metals into the bloodstream and surrounding tissue. DePuy artificial hip recipients across the United States have reported symptoms associated with metalosis or metal poisoning because of the faulty ... Read More

Hip replacement surgery complications

Hip replacement surgeries are required once medical treatment has been deemed ineffective or a disease has progressed to severity. The indications for surgery include severe pain, loss of movements, and the inability to perform activities of daily life. While the surgery can help reduce pain and restore mobility, hip replacement surgery is a major, invasive process and complications may occur. During surgery, nerves in the vicinity of the total joint replacement may be damaged. While this is a rare complication, it is more likely to occur when the surgery involves correction of major joint deformity or lengthening of a shortened ... Read More

Precautions should be taken after hip replacement surgery

If you have had a total hip replacement, there are precautions you should take to avoid further injury. Your hip replacement surgery was likely recommended by your doctor to restore your mobility and reduce pain from damage to the hip joint. Surgery allowed your doctor to open the hip joint capsule. While this is a necessary part of the surgery, it puts the hip at risk for dislocating after surgery. Because of this, once patients have total hip replacement surgery, they should follow special precautions outlined by their doctors about which hip positions and movements need to be avoided to ... Read More

1 in 8 people with defective hip implant have had revision surgery

One in eight people who received the now-recalled DePuy Orthopaedics hip replacement systems have had to have surgery to remove and replace their implants because the devices were defective and were causing patients pain, according to Arthritis Today. Most hip implants can last a lifetime, but two systems made by DePuy have shown a higher than expected failure rate, resulting in the late August recall. The affected parts include the ASR XL Acetabular and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The Acetabular was approved by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and has been in use in the United States. The resurfacing ... Read More

Women more likely to experience problems with artificial hips

Women are more likely than men to suffer problems with their artificial hips because studies show more problems with hip replacement systems tend to occur in people with smaller hips, according to the National Joint Registry. Women tend to have smaller hips, or femoral heads below 50 mm in diameter, which makes them more susceptible to problems with their hip implants than men. Total hip replacements and hip resurfacings are designed to ease pain and help patients become active again; however,  a study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago indicated that complications from hip resurfacing were more ... Read More

Obesity, older age put women with osteoarthritis at risk for hip implant

Excess body weight and older age increase a woman’s chance of needing a total hip replacement to treat osteoarthritis, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Matthew Liang, M.D., M.P.H., Elizabeth Karlson, M.D., and Lisa Mandl, M.D., M.P.H., and their colleagues at Harvard Medical School studied 568 participants from the ongoing Nurses Health Study who received a hip replacement to treat hip osteoarthritis. The Nurses Health Study is one of the largest studies of risk factors for chronic disease in women. More than 116,000 women are enrolled in the study. For ... Read More