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Hip Replacement Recall Spotlights Technology Dangers

Hip replacement surgery has become one the most common operations in America with nearly 250,000 hip replacement systems implanted each year. According to the New York Times there are an estimated 500,000 people that have undergone hip replacement surgery with a metal on metal hip implant system. With the recent hip replacement recall of the DePuy ASR hip implant concerns are growing that metal on metal hip replacement systems may pose more dangers to patients than medical benefits.

The FDA reported that 75% of hip implant complaints were from patients who received the recalled DePuy ASR hip implant system. Realizing the extent of problems associated with metal on metal implants, the FDA ordered manufacturers to comply with new safety procedures and institute more vigorous testing of new medical device technology.

One of the most frightening side effects from hip replacement failure is called metallosis, which occurs when small metallic particles rub off from the implant. This condition can be damaging to the delicate tissue around the hip and pelvis as well as possibly getting into a patient’s blood stream leading to further unknown complications. If you or a loved one are a victim of the DePuy hip replcament recall, speak with a qualified hip recall attorney to discuss your legal options.

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