The DePuy hip recall began in August 2010 in part because artificial joint registries in Australia and the United Kingdom discovered that the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System failed at higher-than-normal rates compared to other hip replacement systems. Later on, the uncemented DePuy Pinnacle hip replacement system was also found to fail frequently, and others have manifested problems as well. In April 2012, the U.K. Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a DePuy and Stryker hip replacement warning on account of high failure rates.
Medical Device Warning Issued for Metal-on-Metal Devices
The warning concerns a combination medical device that uses components manufactured by Finsbury Orthopaedics (now owned by DePuy Orthopaedics) and Stryker Corp. DePuy makes the MITCH TRH acetabular cups and MITCH TRH modular heads for metal-on-metal total hip replacement procedures. These components are interchangeable with Stryker’s uncemented Accolade femoral stem. The MHRA discovered that when the DePuy cups and heads are used with Stryker’s stems, the resulting metal-on-metal device can fail at higher-than-normal rates. The MHRA recommends orthopedists not use the devices together in their patients.
According to the National Joint Registry, hip resurfacing procedures using these components have a cumulative revision rate of 3.1 percent after four years, which is within the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s guidelines. However, when the components are used in total hip replacement procedures the cumulative revision rate spikes to 8.8 percent over four years. As a result the DePuy and Stryker hip replacement warning applies to total hip replacement procedures and not hip resurfacing procedures.
RLG Represents Those Injured by All-Metal Hip Replacements
All-metal hip replacements were supposed to be durable and last longer, so manufacturers marketed them to younger patients. The DePuy and Stryker hip replacement warning indicates that once again, the problems associated with the devices are not worth the cost. If you received one of these combination total hip replacement devices or a recalled DePuy hip, the Rottenstein Law Group can help. The amount of compensation from a hip replacement lawsuit might be greater than what the manufacturer is willing to offer through its recall reimbursement program. A lawsuit can help a plaintiff recover damages for lost income, full medical expenses, damages for pain and suffering, and possibly punitive damages. For a free initial consultation, click on this link or call 1-877-619-5087 and a DePuy ASR recall lawyer will call you as soon as possible.
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