Depuy And Stryker Hip Devices Now Have Recalls

by Terry Bryant

Pelvic joint replacement is nothing new, but the procedure still causes post operation complications for many, and the Depuy and Stryker hip replacement devices are now being recalled for their higher rates of failure.
Musculoskeletal disorders are very common in the elderly and those who have suffered injuries in the past, and they are the number one cause of chronic disability and pain. For the pelvic joints, more than half a million replacement procedures are performed every year, but many of them don’t work out as well as hoped. Two products from the Depuy and Styker hip replacement line are being recalled – the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. In all, 93,000 units and 29 various models are affected, and any remaining products have been removed from shelves and are no longer available for implantation.

The reason for this is because these metal on metal devices are responsible for an unacceptably high rate of severe complications that have required secondary surgeries to correct. In all, around one in eight patients have had to seek treatment due to these issues. These complications can be debilitating, and may include unbearable pain, dislocation of the joint, bone loss due to polyethylene shards sloughing off the device, uneven limb length, and reactions to the metals found in the devices. While they aren’t generally life threatening, they are typically chronic and may require costly corrective treatments to handle.

For those that have received one of these metal on metal implants and experienced serious complications, restitution may be in order. Contacting a personal injury attorney that is knowledgeable in mass tort may mitigate some of the suffering caused by a faulty replacement.