Over the last few months our office has been inundated with phone calls from patients suffering from bone pains, hip dislocations, injuries and concerns over the DePuy ASR Hip Implant Recall that officially began in August of 2010. Texas hip replacement patients with the ASR implant devices in them have raised serious concerns about their blood cobalt levels and chromium levels and are rightly concerned about what the future holds for them.
Nobody looks forward to having a hip replacement, it is usually an option of last resort, especially with the long, slow recovery time and the pain and suffering that it is involved. Toxic cobalt levels have been linked to an inflammatory condition that is linked with necrosis of surrounding tissue and eventual bone loss in the hip joint.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently launched Web information pages to address the risks and side effects associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. A serious concern with metal hip implants is metallosis. Metallosis is the result of the body reacting to a metal implant. It occurs when the rubbing of metal-on-metal components releases cobalt and chromium ions into the bloodstream. The resulting local effect is inflammation and scarring around the implant. Other side effects associated with metal-on-metal hip implants include pain in the groin, hip or leg, swelling near the hip joint and a limp or change in walking ability.
The ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetablular Systems were recalled after the devices were associated with higher failure rates than other models. A second, corrective surgery was needed in 12 to 13 percent of patients five years after the initial operation.
We currently have a client who was the recipient of bilateral DePuy ASR hips. Over the past few months she began to experience increasing pain in the hips joints. Simultaneously, it was noted she had elevated cobalt and chromium blood levels. Just last week, she had both DePuy hips removed and replaced in a lengthy operation.
I admire her courage to having both surgeries at the same time. She explained, that she had no choice, she was a care giver to an elderly mom and her husband and did not have the time to go through 2 separate hip surgeries, to deal with recovery and rehabilitation period, which could last several months. We spoke to her today, one week out of her surgery. She was recovering from the ordeal and was in good spirits.
Information and commentary provided by Dallas Fort Worth Personal Injury Attorney Dr Shezad Malik. The Dr Shezad Malik Law Firm can be contacted in Dallas toll free at 214-390-3189. If you or a loved one has been injured from DePuy ASR or DePuy Pinnacle Hip Replacement, please fill out our contact card for a free consultation.