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Increasing number of people in U.S. getting hip replacement surgery

An estimated 7 million people in the United States – or 2 out of every 100 – have had a total knee or hip replacement, according to a Mayo Clinic study. The research was the first major study to estimate how common joint replacement has become in the United States. Dr. Daniel J. Berry, chairman of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic and author of the study, reviewed federal databases on surgeries and life expectancy trends and reported those findings this month at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference in New Orleans. Until now, since the United States didn’t ... Read More

FDA missed warning signs on metal-on-metal artificial hips

Dr. Stephen Tower, an orthopaedic surgeon from Anchorage, Alaska, knew the artificial hip device he wanted when he required hip replacement surgery for his arthritic hip. He chose the ASR XL, a metal-on-metal device made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. The all-metal device was constructed with chromium and cobalt, and appeared to be the best option for someone who wanted to get back to vigorous physical activity. What he didn’t realize is that the DePuy device he chose had not been tested for safety and efficacy before it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration ... Read More

Depuy hip failure in younger patients could mean lifetime of disability, pain

Susanna Derham, a resident of Surrey, England, was just 34 years old when she was implanted with an all-metal hip made by DePuy Orthopaedics. Her natural hip had plagued her with arthritis for years, so receiving a sturdy, state-of-the-art metal hip designed to last up to 25 years offered her hope for a better, less painful future. But she was wrong. The relief Ms. Derham felt was short-lived. Four years after receiving her DePuy ASR hip implant, Ms. Derham’s life was marked with constant pain and swelling, making everyday activities increasingly difficult. When she had the problem checked, doctors discovered ... Read More

New study advises surgeons, patients avoid all-metal hip implants

A new study funded by the National Joint Registry of England and Wales and published this month in the British medical journal The Lancet calls on surgeons to stop using metal-on-metal hip implants completely, saying that evidence shows patients who receive the implants are much more likely to need revision surgery to have the implants repaired or replaced. The study’s authors analyzed data from the National Joint Registry of more than 400,000 hip replacements made from 2003 to 2011. While the vast majority of those surgeries involved traditional implants made of plastic or ceramic, more than 31,000 patients received metal-on-metal ... Read More

New Zealanders who say they were injured by DePuy hip implants find hope in UK litigation

A group of New Zealanders allegedly harmed by metal-on-metal hip implants manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics is joining an international lawsuit against the company. According to Farifax NZ News, about 30 New Zealanders learned they were eligible to sue DePuy under English law and are currently working with a barrister (lawyer) in the U.K. to file their claims in the British court. Their eligibility comes as good news to all 507 New Zealanders who have been implanted with one of DePuy’s recalled ASR (articular surface replacement) hip devices, which have been implanted in about 93,000 patients worldwide. The plaintiffs are not ... Read More

DePuy hip implant leads to renewed pain, hardship for Minnesota woman

Terri, a mother of twin college-age daughters and a grown son, told the Minnesota StarTribune that the DePuy ASR artificial hip she received in 2008 to counter the chronic arthritis in her right hip gave her a new lease on life. As she recovered from replacement surgery, the pain subsided and her mobility improved dramatically. The increased activity allowed Terri to shed excess weight, and she went from 219 pounds to 165 in just a year. But in late 2009, her right hip popped, the pain came back, and all her progress stopped. In fact, she found herself sliding backward ... Read More

BBC investigation exposes dire threat posed by all-metal hip implants

A joint investigation led by the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has found that DePuy Orthopaedics and other manufacturers of all-metal hip implants may have known about the serious risks these devices have posed for years but failed to remove them from the market. The investigative report comes as Great Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a new advisory to nearly 50,000 all-metal hip implant recipients in the U.K., urging them to undergo annual tests to check for possible complications arising from the risky devices. The advisory replaces a previous recommendation that ... Read More

Metal-on-metal hip implants leave patients with unanswered questions, anxiety

A couple in the U.K. told England’s Hull Daily Mail that they are living with worry and uncertainty about their all-metal hip implants after physicians found elevated levels of chromium and cobalt in one of the patients. According to the Hull Daily Mail, Hetty Smith, 68, underwent hip resurfacing surgery on one hip in 2000 and the other in 2001, receiving an all-metal implant. In 2008, her husband Brian, 74, had hip resurfacing surgery on one hip, during which he was also fitted with a metal-on-metal prosthesis. Concerned about the all-metal hip implants manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, which were recalled ... Read More

New study may spell trouble for all-metal hip implants and their makers

When orthopedic device manufacturers conceived all-metal hip implants a decade ago, their intention was to provide patients with a more durable and longer lasting alternative to traditional devices, which incorporate plastic or ceramic components. But according to a new report published Tuesday in the British Medical Journal, that plan appears to have backfired. According to Reuters, the new report’s findings “could hurt orthopedic companies that make the devices and accelerate lawsuits.” Instead of less pain and greater mobility, many recipients of all-metal hip devices, including the ASR implants manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics and recalled last year, experience acute pain and ... Read More