In 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics Inc issued a voluntary recall on any ASR hip prosthesis produced after 2003. This doesn’t necessarily mean there is anything wrong with your particular implant, but it does mean that you should attend one of the centres recognised by DePuy to undertake the necessary medical tests, to ascertain the condition of your prosthesis.
It is important to note that the majority of ASR hip replacements have been successful, but according to the data from the National Joint Registry (which tracks performance and outcomes), many ASR hip replacements have required revision surgery.
So, what does this recall mean for those patients who have had ASR hips? For some it may mean additional testing and monitoring to ensure their implant is in good working order, and in certain cases it may even lead to further surgery.
Mr Marci Maheson, one of the leading hip specialists in the UK , who is currently undertaking a substantial number of the ASR revision cases explains:
“The process is quite straight forward. If patients are unsure about the type of hip they have then they should contact their original surgeon for clarification. If it is established that they have an ASR prosthesis, they should contact DePuy directly to obtain authorisation and to initiate the recall process. Patients should be aware that it doesn’t matter where they had their original hip replacement undertaken, with the correct authorisation from DePuy, patients may be able to access the private sector. The cost of surgery and any tests will be covered by DePuy, as long as the patient is seen by a recognised revision surgeon. However, it is important that the patient realises the revision of any hip joint is often technically difficult, so they should research their surgeon carefully and ensure that they are happy with their experience and qualifications, prior to going ahead with surgery.”
If you have an ASR Hip Implant, contact the DePuy Help Line to initiate a claim with DePuy on 0800 279 4865.
Alternatively, if you would like to discuss this matter further with a member of the Spire Cardiff Hospital customer service team please call 029 2054 2509.