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Faulty Hip Replacement Implants

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have recently issued a Medical Device Alert in respect of Hip Replacement Implants produced by DePuy, a company specialising in the design and manufacture of orthopaedic devices used in joint replacement surgery.

DePuy have initiated a product recall of their ASR hip implants, which have been widely used by NHS and private hospitals in the resurfacing of hip joints and in total hip replacements since July 2003.

Doctors are being asked to return any unused implants and are instructed to cease using the devices in operations with immediate effect. Patients who have received implants after July 2003 are being urged to seek medical advice to see whether they may be affected.

The recall has been initiated following research by DePuy into the effectiveness of their products. It emerged that the ASR hip replacement implants were substandard and that a higher than average number of patients who had been fitted with the devices required additional revisionary surgery within 5 years of initial replacement.

DePuy have issued a press release explaining that patients fitted with the implants may not necessarily need to have them removed, but that they will require additional follow up from the orthopaedic surgeon who fitted the device to check for any symptoms which indicate that their joint replacement is failing.

Patients are being warned to be vigilant for symptoms which may include pain, swelling and problems walking. These symptoms may indicate loosening of the implant, fracture of the bone around the implant or dislocation of the implant.

If you are concerned that you have suffered from sub standard care with regards to orthopaedic surgery and if in particular you are aware that you have received a DePuy hip replacement which may be faulty you are encouraged to contact the Clinical Negligence Department at Lanyon Bowdler.

The Clinical Negligence team have the expertise to deal with a wide range of medical negligence matters and have extensive experience in medical product liability cases.