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Britian Sounds All-Metal Hip Alert, Saying These Implants Fail at Larger Rate Than First Believed

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With each passing day the media spotlight on the dangers of metal-on-metal hip implants — such as DePuy’s ASR hip replacement implant — continues to grow. Now, the European online publication found that these devices may be failing at an even higher rate than previously believed.

The major issue with the replacements is that when they wear down, metal particles can be released into, and then react with, soft tissue and enter the bloodstream. In 2010, the UK regulator the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a recall for the DePuy ASR artificial hip. This prohibited surgeons from implanting DePuy ASR hip replacements.

The MHRA has since urged surgeons to tell all patients who had received a DePuy ASR hip replacement about the recall, and to schedule them for annual follow-up visits, reported. The agency said that anyone who has received an ASR implant and is experiencing ongoing pain should consider visiting a doctor to have the level of metal in their blood examined. If deemed necessary, the implant should be removed and replaced.

Recent developments brought forth by The Sunday Telegraph newspaper has brought this story back to the public eye. The Telegraph reported that the risk of injury from the implant is even greater than originally thought, and failure rates higher. The Telegraph says that the MHRA is working on a new alert for anyone with any type of metal-on-metal hip replacement. It is believed that around 30,000 people in Britain have received some type of metal-on-metal hip replacement. disclaimer: This article: Britian Sounds All-Metal Hip Alert, Saying These Implants Fail at Larger Rate Than First Believed was posted on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 at 6:30 pm at and is filed under Food Poisoning Lawsuits, Medical Device Lawsuits.

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