Depuy Hip Replacements

Columnist: Preemptive implant removal a bad idea

A medical columnist for the British newspaper Daily Mail writes that patients should not get all-metal hip implants removed simply because they’re worried over recent reports about the devices.

Dr. Ellie Cannon acknowledged that patients who received the implants in question are likely to be alarmed about two widely reported problems. The first problem associated with these implants is that studies show the all-metal variety of artificial hip fails at a substantially earlier rate than other types, causing pain and loss ...

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NPR broadcast examines faulty hip implants

National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” on Monday provided an in-depth look at the problems that recipients of DePuy’s all-metal hip implants are dealing with. The company recalled the implants in 2010 because of a high early failure rate.

The broadcast actually went into the operating room at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, where New Hampshire resident Susy Mansfield was undergoing surgery to remove one of the faulty devices.

The surgeon described for listeners the dead muscle and the staining on Mansfield’s tissue from ...

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