DePuy Orthopaedics, a Johnson & Johnson company, issued a recall on on their ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip Systems and DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing Systems earlier this year, prompting several patients to comment about issues they seem to be having with the Pinnacle® Acetabular Cup System. See the hundreds of comments below for more about this issue from DePuy hip replacement patients.
To answer the most common question these patients have right now about the Pinnacle hip replacement products: These were not included in the recall of September, 2010. Only the ASR hip system was affected by the recall. However, the increasing quantity and similarity of the comments on the ASR recall alert page concerning alleged problems with the Pinnacle products by DePuy are worth looking into. At this time, there are more comments from US Recall News visitors about pain and revision surgery allegedly related to their DePuy Pinnacle Hip Solutions than there are comments about the recalled ASR hip replacement system.
If you are experiencing problems with your DePuy hip replacement system, first consult with your doctor. Follow qualified medical advice, and obtain your medical records to determine which type of hip replacement product/s were used in your surgery. Contact an attorney right away if you are having major issues with the DePuy ASR hip replacement system, in addition to reporting the issue to FDA’s MedWatch program. Patients who are experiencing pain and other issues related to their DePuy Pinnacle Hip Solution implant/s should discuss the problem with their doctor, and also report it to FDA’s MedWatch website. At this point, attorneys are unlikely to represent patients complaining of problems with the Pinnacle system, as it has not been recalled. But the FDA collects data on all complaints concerning foods, drugs and medical devices, and the more complaints they receive about a particular product, the more likely they are to investigate the issue and consider a recall. The Stryker hip implant recall and Zimmer Durom Cup recall of 2008 – as well as this recent Depuy hip replacement recall – all started with consumer complaints.
A certain amount of discomfort, loss of mobility and other problems are to be expected after hip replacement surgery, but other major problems could be cause for concern. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ NIAMS website, dislocation is the most common problem soon after hip replacement surgery. Other, less common, problems include infection, blood clots and abnormal bone growth.
Below are a few resources that explain what to expect after hip replacement surgery, which may help answer some questions about whether the problems you are experiencing are “normal”.
– Fast Facts About Hip Replacement (NIAMS.NIH.gov)
– Hip Replacement: What You Can Expect (Mayo Clinic)
– Hip Replacement Surgery Info (WebMD)
– What to Expect After Total Hip Replacement Surgery (UWHealth.org)