Hip Replacement Recall is Worldwide

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A worldwide hip replacement recall has been announced by DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., which is calling in its ASR™ XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System. The hip replacement recall has been made because of a high percentage of five-year revision or secondary hip surgeries.

Hip replacement surgery is one of the more common surgical procedures performed around the world. The reported number of hip replacement surgeries performed in the United States varies from about 250,000 to more than 300,000 per year, depending on the information source.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that more than 90 percent of hip replacements do not require replacement, commonly referred to as revision surgery. Hip replacements typically last from 10 to 20 years, and occasionally longer, depending on the age and activity level of the patient. Revision surgery is typically needed because parts become loose or wear out, or they break.

Hip replacement recall is because of the high rate of revision

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DePuy hip replacements are being recalled because they have demonstrated a 12 to 13 percent five-year revision rate, based on data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales. The company’s ASR™ hip replacement and resurfacing devices have been preferred by surgeons for young patients because of their stability. The Resurfacing System was approved for use outside the United States, while the Acetabular System was available worldwide. The Food and Drug Administration has been advised of the recall.

David Floyd, president of DePuy Orthopaedics, announced that “We are committed to assisting patients and health care providers by providing information through multiple channels and paying for the cost of doctor visits, tests and procedures associated with the recall.”

Patients and healthcare professionals in the United States and Canada can get more information about the hip replacement recall by visiting the DePuy website or by calling 1-888-627-2677 Monday through Saturday 8AM to 9 PM EST. More information about hip replacements can be found on the website for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

SOURCES:
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
DePuy Orthopaedics Inc.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

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