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First hip-injury lawsuit against DePuy gets green light in Ireland

An Irish woman who had both of her hips replaced with DePuy hip implants filed what is expected to be the first of many lawsuits against the orthopedic device maker in Ireland. Irene Pierson alleges in her lawsuit that the DePuy hip implants were “not of merchantable quality, and have both commenced to malfunction,” Ireland’s Kildare Nationalist reported. Ms. Pierson had her right hip replaced with a DePuy implant in March 2007. She was fitted with a DePuy implant in her left hip in September 2008. Ireland’s High Court granted Ms. Pierson approval to serve the defendants she names in ... Read More

Orthopedic surgeon warns younger patients to consider pros, cons of joint replacement

Total hip replacement surgeries are increasing in the United States and more are being performed on younger patients, many of whom see this “last-ditch” procedure as a quick means to decreasing pain and increasing mobility. It is a trend that surprises some orthopedic surgeons. “I’m a little surprised sometimes when people come into the office thinking that joint replacement is for anyone. They take it very lightly,” Dr. Joseph Borrelli, an orthopedic surgeon at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and the Texas Physicians Group told the Dallas News. “It’s important to know the magnitude of putting in a total joint. ... Read More

Younger women with metal hips more likely to require revision surgery

Metal-on-metal stemmed hip implants should no longer be used in patients, and patients with these artificial hips should be carefully monitored, particularly young women whose hip implants have large diameter heads, according to a new study. The study, conducted by researchers from the Universities of Bristol and Exeter, and the Centre for Hip Surgery at the Wrightingdon Hospital in Lancashire, was based on data from the National Joint Registry in England and Wales. Researchers looked at 402,051 first total hip replacements using a stemmed implant between April 2003 and September 2011. They then singled out revision operations carried out on ... Read More

Patients with metal hips should be checked by doctor annually

People who have received metal-on-metal hip replacement systems should be checked by a doctor every year for as long as they have the implant to ensure the implant isn’t failing or poisoning their blood, says the UK regulator of medical devices. Metal-on-metal hip implants were introduced a decade ago as a more durable artificial hip. Traditional hip implants are made with plastic or ceramic parts, but several manufacturers began offering all-metal versions. The design turned out to be a major flaw. Most hip implants can last 20 years or more, but the newer metal-on-metal devices were beginning to fail at a ... Read More

Man files lawsuit against makers of recalled metal hip implant

“It started to feel a bit clunky and was grinding and then it started to squeak very loudly – loud enough for people in the street to be startled and stare at me,” Chris Monk told the Evening News of his artificial hip. “I was in so much pain and could barely walk a few yards when it was at its worst.” Monk had scans that showed his all-metal hip implant was defective and had damaged his flesh. It had also dropped bits of metal debris inside his body that seeped into his bloodstream causing a type of blood poisoning ... Read More

August marks second anniversary of DePuy metal-on-metal hip replacement recall

August 26 marks the second anniversary of the worldwide recall of DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, which set in motion monumental concern over the safety of hip implants made from all metal parts. The ASR XL Acetabular Hip System first became commercially available in the U.S. in December 2005. The ASR Hip Resurfacing System was not commercially available in the U.S. but was sold in other countries. The recall affects an estimated 93,000 people. The recall was issued after mounting reports that the devices were failing at a higher than expected rates. ... Read More

Organic joint could one day replace artificial hips and knees

Researchers at the University Health Network in Toronto are working to find a biological cure for joints that become damaged by osteo-arthritis that may someday replace invasive knee and hip replacement surgeries. Dr. Nizar Mahomed and colleagues are conducting a series of experiments, one of which uses stem cells to create bone and cartilage, which they hope can be turned into a sort of organic joint implant that would fuse with existing tissue and regenerate diseased knees and hips. The prospect is intriguing, especially since thousands of people with arthritis seek relief from chronic pain with knee and hip replacement ... Read More

Woman injured by recalled metal hip implant hires attorney

Sally Gration was barely 50 in 2006 when she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and underwent a hip replacement surgery. The surgery went well and Sally began looking forward to a life without pain and disability. Artificial hips can last 20 years or more before they need to be replaced. But four years after surgery, Sally began experiencing excruciating pain in her hip. Around that same time she received word from the hospital where she had the surgery that the metal-on-metal hip implant she received had been recalled by the manufacturer because of safety concerns and high failure rates. Before ... Read More

Wright Medical must submit a decade of data on metal hip implants

Medical device maker Wright Medical has been asked by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee to pony up records relating to its line of metal hip implants dating back to January 1, 2000. Wright manufactures metal hip stems and total hip replacement systems. Metal hip implants have been the center of much controversy in the past two years since DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, recalled its ASR Acetabulator metal-on-metal hip replacement system. The recall led to an investigation that found that the metal-on-metal design used by several manufacturers of hip implants has serious ... Read More

New table allows surgeons to perform hip replacement surgery with less recovery

A new surgical table is allowing orthopedic surgeons to employ a newer surgical procedure that reduces the recovery time for patients undergoing hip replacement surgery. The table is called the Hip and Knee Arthroplasty (HANA) Table, and it allows the surgeon to stand over his patient’s hips and lower the leg or legs of the patient during surgery. This gives the surgeon better access to the front of the hip as opposed to the side or the back. By accessing the hip joint from the front, surgeons can implant the artificial hip without cutting the muscle. Instead, this new method ... Read More