Defective DePuy ASR Hip may illustrate risk of metal hip implants

Defective DePuy ASR Hip may illustrate risk of metal hip implants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking a closer look at metal hip replacement implants after the recall of the DePuy hip replacement system, the Wall Street Journal reports.

St. Louis Personal Injury Attorney Ryan R. Cox is assisting clients who are suffering pain, immobility or the need to endure a second surgery as a result of having a defective hip implant. In some cases the medical risks and complications may go beyond the need to have a second surgery and can include the risk of metal shavings in soft tissue and blood contamination.


Unfortunately, FDA approval is failing to protect the public in an increasing number of cases. Pharmaceuticals or medical devices are too often undergoing clinical trials in third-world countries. And the FDA relies upon the research of device and drug makers to deem a product safe. In other cases, the government has been accused of letting campaign contributions and politics interfere with the process. In still others, doctors are paid by device and drug makers to promote and use the products, sometimes to the detriment of the patient.

The Wall Street Journal reports problems with the DePuy hip came to light after an investigation in the United Kingdom. The FDA has now began an investigation into whether other hip-replacement systems with metal parts may be defective. The investigation in this country was launched after several American companies, including Johnson & Johnson, reported poor sales of hip systems containing metal.

Zimmer Holdings, Inc. suspended sale of a metal hip cup called Durom in mid-2008 after reports of the cup loosening. The company blames surgeons. DePuy recalled its ASR all-metal hip system in August after the U.K. reported a high rate of repeat procedures.

Once composing about one-third of the U.S. market, all-metal hip-replacement systems have been waning in popularity as hips made of other materials come on the market. Each system has benefits and drawbacks that may suit an individual patient.

However, the metal systems have also been linked to metal shavings in nearby tissue and may be linked to problems associated with the thyroid and metal in the blood.

The President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons said the metal systems work well in a “significant majority” of cases but there have been some “concerning exceptions.”

The Wall Street Journal reports he has also received royalties from DePuy.

If you have are suffering from a defective hip implant in Missouri, contact St. Louis Injury Lawyer Ryan R. Cox for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 636-946-6886.

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