Certain DePuy hip implant model off the market; surgeons voice concern over possible problems with ASR metal-on-metal model
DePuy Orthopaedics withdrew its DePuy ASR hip implant from the market late last year.
This action was taken after over two years of reports that the DePuy hip implant was failing in patients only a few years after implant, requiring expensive and harsh replacement surgical procedures.
In interviews with the New York Times, some orthopedic experts reportedly expressed dismay that DePuy had not halted sales of the metal-on-metal ASR model of its DePuy hip implants sooner.
The newspaper said that specialists had voiced the opinion that the DePuy ASR hip implant device had a design flaw that made it difficult to implant properly.
The same article quotes the director of an implant database in Australia, Dr. Stephen Graves, who said the data had shown for some time that the ASR had been failing early at a significantly higher rate than some competitors’ devices.
The reason people obtain hip surface replacement is that they hope to get relief from hip pain and improve their hip function by replacing the parts of the hip that have been severely damaged by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, traumatic arthritis, dysplasia, or avascular necrosis.
Unfortunately, many people have been implanted with the DePuy hip system implants, only to experience serious complications such as the need for replacement/revision surgeries.
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