Medical Alert: DePuy Hip Replacement Recall

Author: Attorney Jason W. Konvicka

In August of 2010, Johnson & Johnson's artificial joint replacement company, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., issued a recall of two hip replacement products because of excessively high failure rates that required second surgeries.   If you or someone you know has had a hip replacement that may have used one of these products, you should be aware of this recall.

What DePuy Hip Replacement Products Have Been Recalled?

ASR Hip Resurfacing System ASR XL Acetabular System

What Was the Cause of the Recall?

The recall came after data showed that one in eight patients needed a "revision surgery," which is required when an artificial joint…

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What is mesothelioma? Why am I seeing so many commercials related to it?

Author Attorney Jason W. Konvicka

"Mesothelioma" is a rare form of cancer that typically involves the lungs, but can also affect the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum) and the lining of the heart (pericardium).  The only known cause of this cancer is exposure to asbestos.

The recent increase of mesothelioma advertisements is due in part to the unusually long latency period between the exposure to asbestos and the development of mesothelioma.  The National Institute of Health and the Center for Disease Control estimate that latency period to be between 30 and 50 years.  Asbestos use in the United States peaked in 1973 when an estimated 1.6 trillion pounds were used.[1] Thus, when you consider…

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