DePuy ASR XL Hip Concerns Date Back to 2007

While the DePuy ASR XL hip replacement was recalled last August, issues and concerns with the DePuy metal-on-metal hip implant have been present as far back as 2007, according to international medical device registries. Of course, in this country we don’t have access to such a database because the United States doesn’t have such a registry.
In 2007 the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry began to notice problems with the DePuy hip replacements, noting that these hips were 4 to 5 times more likely to fail within the first 3 years of implantation. Joint registries in England and Wales determined the 5 year failure rate to be 12.5%, which is double the industry average.
If we had a national registry of medical devices, there would probably be fewer people suffering with the DePuy hips.