Hip replacement devices could be linked to frequent surgeries after a recall of 90,000 systems manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedic Devices. The recall was announced by DePuy due to concerns from the Food and Drug Administration. Personal injury attorneys from the Sarasota-based law firm Kirk Pinkerton will be available for consultations regarding the recall, including William E. Robertson, head of the firm’s personal injury department.
The two systems involved in the recall include:
1. ASR XL Acetabular System which is a hip socket and
2. ASR Hip Resurfacing Platform, which is a partial hip replacement device.
Components in both systems were the subject of a voluntary recall which began on August 26, 2010. The company has already stopped selling both products in the United States. Reports from the FDA cited by the New York Times and other media outlets indicate that the agency had concerns the implants would require repeat surgery in approximately 10-12% of all patients.
DePuy itself says that all 93,000 patients who received the devices would need to have their surgeons monitor their progress on a yearly basis, a step not initially required in the product literature. The company also noted that the revision rate, or percentage of patients needing additional surgeries, was higher than that of other hip replacement devices in its class.
Bloomberg wire services note that similar product recalls have led to medical device liability cases throughout the world in the wake of the recall. However, there is no indication in a court of law that similar lawsuits will yet bring damages to clients.
If you would like to consult a personal injury attorney regarding the DePuy hip replacement recall or other medical devices, call Bill Robertson at Kirk Pinkerton toll-free: 1-800-439-8911.
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