Recent 'Medical Product Recalls'

DePuy Orthopedics Recalls Replacement Hip Devices

Monday, August 30th, 2010

DePuy Orthopedics has issued a voluntary recall of the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASK Hip Resurfacing Systems due to these items requiring replacement more than expected only five years after hip surgery. Some patients also reported pain and symptoms that led to a second surgery. This recall affects about 93,000 devices that have been implanted around the world.

These issues were brought to light in part by an unpublished study for the National Joint Registry of England and Wales. The study found the revision rate after five years was 12 percent for the ASK Hip Resurfacing System and 13 percent for the XL Acetabular System. Replacements were highest among females and patients with replacement hip head sizes less than 50 mm.

Patients who have either of these devices should look for persistent pain, swelling, and problems walking. Patients and physicians should also watch for signs of the replacement hip loosening, bone fracturing around the replacement, or dislocation of the implant. Patients are advised to see their physician once a year after the replacement and physicians are advised to take blood tests to measure the level of metal particles in the patient’s blood to see if they require additional surgery.

If you’ve had a hip replacement, but not sure what was used, contact your physician for more information. If you have an ASR XL Acetabular System and/or the ASK Hip Resurfacing Systems, you should contact DePuy to submit a claim form for reimbursement of medical expenses.