New York, New York – August 23, 2011 – The number of complaints regarding failed hip replacements are mounting as researchers attempt to identify the health dangers of the medical devices.
A New York Times study of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) federal data has found that over 5,000 reports since January show that the majority of filings regard patients who had an all-metal hip removed, or will soon have one removed due to the much premature failure of the device (Only lasting about 3 years rather than 15 or longer). The staggering 5,000 reports since January is the most that the FDA has received than the last four years combined.
Although the adverse side effects are not life threatening, some patients are being affected by injuries as a result of small fragments of cobalt and chromium that the metal devices shave off as they rub together.
The DePuy A.S.R., or Articular Surface Replacement, hip replacement model was one of the biggest problem-causers, accounting for 75% of the complaints as studied by the New York Times. As a result, Johnson & Johnson announced a DePuy Hip recall last year.
It has been found that DePuy Hip Replacement devices were not tested on patients, which was not a rule of the FDA. However, the FDA asked producers in May to begin studying how frequently devices are failing and the adverse affects on patients.
The chief scientist of the FDA’s medical devices division, Dr. William Maisel, said that he believed studies by producers would lead to answers, but it may take several years. This is too late for some individuals who have already had a DePuy Hip Replacement and ultimately suffered from the effects of the metallic particle debris being dispersed into the tissue surrounding the hip replacement.
As a result of the adverse side effects caused by the DePuy A.S.R. Hip Replacement system, some patients are seeking retribution from the producers of the medical devices through DePuy Hip lawsuits. Patients suffering from injuries are being assisted by DePuy Hip lawyers that seek to advocate for the rights of the victims of DePuy Hip Replacements.