Hip Replacement Patient ‘Depressed’ After Facing Another Surgery

Posted on January 31, 2013

A 65-year-old man who has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy unit said he was “depressed” after learning that he would need another surgery to remove his failing ASR XL hip implant.

His case is the first of 10,000 lawsuits to go to trial. Internal company documents presented at trial have shown that DePuy estimated a five-year revision rate of nearly 40 percent. High levels of chromium and cobalt were detected in many of the thousands of patients who received ASR implants. That can lead to a wide range of symptoms.

Doctors say anyone who has had a metal-on-metal hip implants should be evaluated by a doctor every year or two even if no symptoms are present. If you feel pain or have any other unusual health problems, immediately consult your physician.

Read more here: Hip Implant Safety Concerns

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