Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative arthritis degenerative joint disease, is the most common kind of arthritis that plagues approximately 27 million people in the United States, according to countrywide statistics reports. It is a joint problem that gradually worsens over time, brought about by inflammation, breakdown, and eventual loss of cartilage in the joints, as was cited by medical journals. The condition may be managed through different treatment options ranging from exercises programs, medications, physical therapy, and in some situations surgical procedures such as total hip replacement.
In a hip replacement surgery, also known as arthroplasty, the defective hip joint is replaced with an articifial hip implant. ASR hips, developed and marketed by one of the world’s major manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson (J&J), are some of the popular hip replacement in the consumer market. However, two hip implants from the ASR system, such as the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, have been voluntarily recalled by J&J following study results that suggest notably high early failure rates from these devices.
It is recommended that patients bring the following symptoms of a potentially defective DePuy artificial hip implant to attention of their health care provider as soon as they become apparent.
• Pain in the hip, thigh, or groin.
• Pain while walking, rising from a seated position, or while placing weight on one side or another
• Discomfort, joint dislocation, and clicking sounds from the interaction between the ball and socket joint
• Limited or decreased flexibility
• Bone loss normally caused by inflammation surrounding the hip area
Without prompt medical intervention, these hip implants may continue to deteriorate, which in turn may cause added health problems, including metallosis or metal poisoning, according to medical experts. A potential case of metallosis in a hip replacement recipient may be recognized through the following symptoms: pseudotumors, chronic pain and persistent feelings of malaise, food allergies, heart and gastrointestinal disorders, repeat infections, hypothyroidism (a condition that occurs when the thyroid does not produce sufficient hormones), dizziness, as well as emotional problems.
The global recall of DePuy’s ASR Hip System has been reported to affect as many as 37,000 people in the US and 93,000 worldwide, media reports say. Whether or not a DePuy hip replacement recipient is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is still greatly encouraged that they seek the attention of their clinician and have themselves undergo necessary examination as added precaution and to ascertain their safety. Visit the DePuy Hip Recall Information Center at depuyhiprecall.us for more related information about safety issues involving DePuy’s ASR hip replacement implants.