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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

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

Record number of young patients lured by stronger hip implants

Until recent years, surgeons performed artificial hip surgery almost exclusively on patients 60 years old and up. Once considered a last resort, hip-implant surgery used to be postponed as long as possible for two reasons. First, older patients generally put less wear and tear on hip implants because they are less active, so the artificial hips should last longer. Secondly, the earlier in life a patient receives artificial hips, the more likely he will need future “revision” surgeries to replace the implants because the devices wear out over time. Most artificial hips have a life expectancy somewhere between 15 and ... Read More

DePuy paid doctors millions to promote its defective hip implants

About 30 patients of New Haven, Connecticut, orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Irving received a phone call notifying them that the artificial hip they received had been recalled by the manufacturer and that they may need a second surgery to replace the part. What patients didn’t know is that the manufacturer of the faulty hip replacement parts, DePuy Orthopedics, had paid Dr. Irving more than $80,000 in consultant’s payments since 2009. According to an investigation by C-HIT, DePuy paid more than $80.8 million to some 200 doctors across the country since 2009 to promote their hip replacement parts. In August, DePuy recalled ... Read More

FDA didn’t test DePuy hip replacements before approving them

RALEIGH, NC—In a report about a hip-replacement patient suffering from the pain and failure of her DePuy artificial hips, ABC affiliate WTVD says that the controversial hip implants went to market without clinical trials. New medical devices and prescription drugs typically must prove to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that they are safe for consumer use by first undergoing clinical studies and medial reviews. So how did DePuy’s ASR (Articular Surface Replacement) Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetabular System win FDA approval without the requisite clinical trials? WTVD unearthed a document showing that the FDA cleared the hip ... Read More

Metallosis is a condition caused by faulty artificial hip parts

Last August, DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, announced that it was recalling hip replacement parts because the devices demonstrated a higher than expected failure rate, causing numerous people to undergo revision surgery to have the defective parts replaced. Patients with the recalled DePuy artificial hip joints experienced severe pain and swelling and had difficulty walking caused by the implant detaching from the bone, dislocating, or causing fractures in the bone where it was attached. These problems were quickly identified through surgery and x-rays. But another problem was also occurring in some patients. A condition known as metallosis. ... Read More

Billy Joel recovering from hip replacement surgery

Grammy Award-winner Billy Joel, 61, is recovering from bilateral hip replacement surgery. The singer-songwriter of hits like “Uptown Girl” and “Piano Man” was admitted to a hospital in Long Island, New York, last week to be treated for a congenital hip problem that had him hobbling around with a cane. When it was suggested that he receive an artificial hip, Joel’s ex-wife Christy Brinkley said he opted to have both hip joints replaced because he feared if he just had one done he wouldn’t go back to have the other done. Following the surgery, the singer was quoted as saying, ... Read More

Thousands may need revision surgery to replace bad artificial hip

Thousands of the 93,000 people who received artificial hips made by DePuy Orthopedics will have to have surgery to have their implants replaced because the products can dislocate, come loose, or cause bone fractures. The affected parts include the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, both made by DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. Most hip replacement systems can last up to 35 years with a failure rate of about 12 percent. However, studies show that DePuy artificial hips have the same failure rate in just five years after being implanted. The defective implants ... Read More

Stem cell injection could replace knee, hip replacement surgery

Stem cells injections into the joint could one day replace painful hip and knee replacement surgeries, according to a study published in the journal Nature Biotechnology. A team of researchers at Manchester University and Central Manchester NHS Foundation, both in the U.K., are developing the technique by working with embryonic stem cells to transform them into chondrocytes, the cells that go on to produce cartilage. As many as 97 percent of the cells generated during the experiments turned into chondrocytes, making the technique far more successful than previous attempts. The stem cell injection is an attractive and less-invasive alternative for ... Read More