FDA Panel Sees More Cons than Pros with Metal Hip Implants

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 18-member panel, which met recently to discuss the effectiveness of metal-on-metal hip implants, arrived at the conclusion that there are few reasons to continue using these defective medical devices. According to a news report in The Associated Press, there is a growing body of evidence, which suggests that the devices can break down early and expose patients to dangerous metallic particles. The metal-on-metal hip implants, which are being scrutinized by the FDA following numerous consumer complaints about the failing implants, were originally marketed as a longer lasting alternative to older ceramic and plastic models.

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Aog -Study Confirms Higher Failure Rates for DePuy, Other Metal-on-Metal Implants

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A new study confirms that metal-on-metal hip implants like the ASR Resurfacing devices manufacture by DePuy have much higher failure rates, sparking more calls by DePuy hip implant lawyers for a ban on these devices.

The study, which has been published in The Lancet medical Journal, analyzed data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales.  The data included more than 400,000 hip replacements, including 31,171 all-metal hip implants.

The researchers say there is no confusion in the findings.  The all metal implants simply have a much failure rate compared to other devices. More

Depuy Side Effects Overview

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Depuy is one manufacturer of ASR hip replacements.  ASR stands for “articular surface replacement” and is a feature of Depuy hip replacement devices.  Depuy has recalled many of these devices due to higher-than-average failure rates and dangerous side effects.

Side effects from Depuy hip replacement devices include inflammation, infection, and severe pain.  Furthermore, many people who have had a Depuy hip replacement end up having to have a second surgery, which further complicates health issues and causes more pain and suffering.

Inflammation from a Depuy hip replacement surgery can occur because of an autoimmune response caused by the materials used in the hip replacement device.  Some patients cannot tolerate the plastics and metals used in the hip replacement, and have varying degrees of continuous inflammation that can lead to severe problems with the rest of the body.  Autoimmune responses may trigger other allergic reactions throughout the body, even if the affected areas have little or nothing to do with the initial hip replacement.

Infections from Depuy hip replacements have been reported.  Some of these infections may be due to faulty surgical procedures; others seem to develop long after surgery has been concluded.  Infections in the hip area can easily spread through the bloodstream to other parts of the body and lead to serious health problems.  It is theoretically possible that an infection caused by a hip replacement device could permanently compromise the health of a patient with, for example, weak heart valves, or even lead to death. More