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Posted by Anderson on Oct 19, 2016

An Overview of DePuy Hip Replacement Recalls

Hip replacement surgery or hip arthroplasty was touted as one of the most significant developments in the last four decades. These metal implants are designed to provide ease and comfort to people suffering from painful arthritis, recover from hip fracture, and enhance their quality of life. One of the most popular hip replacement products that came to the market is the Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. It was intended to offer more flexibility and range of movement to patients with hip problems.

First launched in 2005, the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® revealed that while it became one of the most popular hip replacement procedures, DePuy ASR hip replacement was also subjected to a wide range of serious problems which eventually resulted to severe medical conditions. DePuy Orthopaedics, the company that created Pinnacle, was bombarded with complaints from patients for their failure to inform of such side effects.

In 2010, DePuy the company that manufactured the implant issued a recall of the products. While it can provide ease and comfort to people using the implant, undergoing the procedure also carries a wide range of complications such as blood clots, infection, dislocation, differing leg lengths, to name just a few. With hip replacement, the patient is at risk of particle debris from the cup and ball resulting to complications and implant failure. According to estimates, every step taken by an individual can produce between 100,000 to 1 million particles of debris.

The particle that will be produced will depend on the material that the components of the implants are made of. Implants that have metal femoral component and cup can lead to a condition known as metallosis. This is a condition that is caused by the buildup of metallic debris in the soft tissue of the body. It will produce grey discoloration on the surrounding tissues.

On the other hand, those implants with a metal femoral component and plastic cup can cause osteolysis, which is the loss of bones around the surgically replaced hip. It is the most common complication of hip replacement. It also represents 75 percent of all hip implant failures.

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