DePuy has issued a recall for hip replacement parts already implanted in 93,000 patients. The DePuy recall was prompted by continued problems with these hip replacements. These problems include the need for additional surgery from loosening parts, fractures, dislocations, and sensitivity to metal and pain. To say the least, these are troubling complications for someone who already had to deal with the trauma of needing a hip replacement in the first place. For victims of this defective DePuy hip replacement, it is insult on top of injury because, obviously, it is a little hard to actually recall a hip implant.
DePuy is owned by Johnson and Johnson, which has had more than it’s share of problems lately. What is frustrating about this recall is that the product was withdrawn from the Australian market almost a year ago, ostensibly as the result of problems with the implants.
Many doctors, industry experts and, more importantly, patients are questioning why DePuy did not recall the DePuy ASR hip replacement system because it had a design defect that made it difficult to implant the hip replacement device properly. It seems clear now that the DePuy ASR cups were designed too shallow. It is hard not to ask the question: did J&J put profits over people without properly testing whether the device would be safe and as good as other hip replacement options already on the market?
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