DePuy Hip Replacement Recall: Is a New Hip Worth the Risk?

With the recent news about the DePuy Orthopaedics hip replacement recalls, many people are asking, "Is a hip replacement worth the risk?" Each year there are nearly ¼ of a million hip replacement surgeries performed. Many hospitals and surgeons boast of how simple, safe, and effective hip replacement surgeries are. Afterall, a hip replacement surgery only takes about 1-3 hours and, many times, patients are up and about and returning to work as early as one week after surgery. However, the decision to have a hip replacement should be one that is made only as a last resort. When is it Time for a Hip Replacement? Prior to a hip … [Read more...]

DePuy Orthopaedics Hip Implant Recalled Due to Metal on Metal Complications

The recent DePuy Orthapaedics Hip Implant recall should not come as any surprise to most people. Within the last several years, DePuy hip implants, employing a metal on metal function, were used in about 90,000 hip replacements performed in the United States. click on the image to enlarge: DePuy Orthopaedics Hip Implant Complications DePuy hip implants mimic our traditional bone structure by creating a ball and socket joint out of metal; specifically, chromium and cobalt. DePuy Orthopaedics hip implant manufacturers believed the elements would be stronger and last longer than conventional hip implant materials. The problems with … [Read more...]