Thursday, July 5, 2012

Nearly 16,800 adverse events reported for metal-on-metal hips, including DePuy ASR and Biomet Magnum

Bloomberg news recently reported on a staggering statistic involving metal on metal hip replacements. According to the news source, nearly 16,800 adverse events involving metal-on-metal hip were reported from 2000 to 2011.

Of these reported incidents, nearly three-quarters of them are attributed to the DePuy ASR recall. The Johnson and Johnson subsidiary recalled nearly 93,000 metal-on-metal hip replacements worldwide in August 2010.  2011 alone garnered 12,137 adverse reports for metal-on-metal hips. This is nearly double the number of adverse events among other types of hip implants.

The Biomet M2A Magnum has also been under scrutiny for causing hip replacement patients serious issues. Much like the DePuy ASR, the Biomet’s large ball along with its metal-on-metal design has been attributed to hundreds of patients experiencing similar symptoms to those patients with the Depuy hip.

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