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DePuy Hip Implant Recall - Affecting over 3,500 Irish Patients

On August 26, 2010, the medical device company DePuy Orthopaedics announced the worldwide recall of two of its leading hip orthopaedic implant products:

  • ASR XL Acetabular System, a ball and socket implant used in traditional hip replacement surgery;
  • ASR Hip Resurfacing System, a partial hip replacement that involves placing a metal cap on the ball of the femur and lining the cup of the hip, a method intended to preserve more bone and be less invasive to the patient.

The ASR XL Acetabular implant has been licensed for use worldwide while the ASR Hip Resurfacing System was licensed for use outside the United States. In their recall announcement, DePuy said that it had made the decision to withdraw the products because many patients required a second hip replacement after the company’s implants had failed.

Since 2007 concerns have emerged in various countries regarding these hip implant systems. In Australia, the US and the UK unacceptably high numbers patients were experiencing problems with these artificial hips. In December 2009, DePuy bowed to concerns in Australia by withdrawing the product and production was discontinued worldwide due to what was described as a falloff in demand.

Most recent studies by the Australian and UK National Joint Registries have indicated that over a five year period after implant surgery, 13% or 1 in 8 of these artificial hips failed to such an extent that they required revision surgery - effectively redoing the surgery with a new and different implant.

Ordinarily artificial hips are expected to last 15 years. While all types of artificial hips require replacements to one degree or another, the revision rate for the DePuy implants is currently twice the expected rate and rising.

With 93,000 of these devices implanted worldwide and 3,516 implanted in Ireland since 2004, the recall is a serious health issue. Those affected will face radiology and blood testing on an annual basis and many have already been scheduled for revision surgery to have a new artificial hip implanted.

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