In August 2010, DePuy announced a worldwide #recall of their ASR and ASR XL Metal on Metal (#MoM) hip joints. At the time, it was estimated the recall applied to nearly 100,000 hip joints. Essentially, the market withdrawal was prompted due to growing evidence that the DePuy hip joints were failing at a higher than expected rate in patients. Nearly a year later, there is growing evidence that increased failure rates may be associated with other available MoM hip joints. Presently, DePuy is the only MoM hip that has been the subject of a formal joint recall and now thousands of related lawsuits by patients. Other hip joints are under growing scrutiny, and potentially subject to lawsuits, for reasons similar to, if not identical, to those the ultimately lead to the DePuy ASR and ASR XL recall.
Whether additional #recalls, or recall lawsuits will be forthcoming in 2012 remains to be seen given the volume of implants and failure rates. Additional information on the ASR Lawsuits and recalls is available here. General information on Joint Recalls and related products is available here.
Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is the author and sponsor of this blog and commentary. Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is actively investigating cases of failed MoM hip joints, or Joint Recalls, including but not limited to DePuy’s ASR and ASR XL, and those of other manufacturers.
This photo depicts a modern Metal on Metal #MoM hip joint. Some controversy has surrounded these implants during the past year given a worldwide #recall of the DePuy #ASR. Regardless of that particular recall, the FDA has asked all MoM hip joint manufacturers to conduct and produce post-market surveillance of their products.
Recent controversy surrounds allegations of a higher than ordinary failure rate requiring removal, or explantation, of the implanted joint, monitoring for metal ions in the blood (blood toxicity), muscle tissue or wasting of the muscle and bone, as well as pain, suffering and complications from surgical intervention. For some, the idea that they have a device in them that has now been #recalled poses a dilemma.
Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A., is investigating cases of MoM joint failures that involved the #recalled DePuy #ASR, as well as other metal on metal joints that are now under review or the subject of litigation. Gabriel F. Zambrano, P.A. is the sponsor of this blog, commentary and other sites dedicated to recalled metal joints. Additional information regarding particular joints is available at JointRecall.com and DePuyLawsuits.com
#DePuy #ASR hip system #recall is almost 1yr old. Metal on Metal (MoM) implants remain under scrutiny. Need info? http://www.jointrecalls.com #recalls #MoM Injuries include the need for a revision surgery, explantation of device, trauma and complications from surgery, muscle or tissue destruction from surgery and/or metal toxins in blood as well as related pain and suffering.