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‘Nightly News’ calls DePuy hip implant recall ‘Largest Medical Device Failure Ever’

Posted on November 2nd, 2011 No Comments

Last month, “NBC Nightly News,” hosted by Brian Williams, featured a report on DePuy Orthopaedics’s recall of their metal-on-metal hip replacements that was titled, “Largest Medical Device Failure Ever.”

DePuy’s recall of their metal-on-metal hip replacements involved 93,000 hip implant devices which were found to cause dislocations, fractures, and pseudotumors.  The recalled hip implants were also found to shed metal particles into the bloodstream.

The report included statistics from Food and Drug Administration and National Center for Health Statistics.  For example, the report stated that the FDA has received 11,000 complaints regarding metal-on-metal hip implants this year alone.

Also, according to the NCHS, there were more than 500,000 knee and hip replacements done in the U.S. in 2004.  If the need for these replacements continues to increase as it has in recent years, experts predict the cost of knee and hip replacement surgeries in the U.S. will reach $62.5 billion by 2015.

If you or a loved one has experienced complications after having a DePuy hip replacement implanted, contact the DePuy hip recall lawyers of Williams Hart at 800-761-3187 to learn more about how we can help you.

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