The Hips are Failing!

February 26, 2013

By Mitchell J. Shore

We remember the story of Chicken Little telling us the sky is falling. Luckily, we know this isn’t true. But what is true is that several types of hip replacements have failed because of improper designs by their manufacturers. Thousands of patients who underwent hip replacement surgery are now faced with complications including the need for a new hip replacement and the risk of blood disorders.

In June of 2012, Stryker Hip recalled the Rejuvenate & ABG II modular-neck hip stems, which may corrode over time and cause pain and swelling in the hip region. The company has urged patients with this type of implant to schedule a follow-up evaluation with their surgeons and determine next steps. You can visit their patient website discussing the modular-neck stems for more information.

Similarly, in November of 2009, DePuy Orthopaedics (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) stopped selling the ASR XL Acetabular System after patients began showing revision rates at 8-9%—much higher than expected.

If you or a member of your family has had a hip replacement, it is essential for you to find out the type of hip used in your surgery. You took the necessary steps to improve your health. Ask the right questions to avoid further issues later.

Your safety and health can be at risk. Act now.