Friday, August 27, 2010

Hip, hip...oh, no


What’s up with Johnson & Johnson—is one or more Johnsons out to lunch?

Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jon Kamp (WSJ, Aug 27, 2010) write about the latest recalls from the J’s—A whole hip and a hip “resurfacing” kit. Apparently too many people had to have repeat surgeries with these.

Yeah, repeat surgeries. That would suck—go through some horrible, scary, painful thing, get after-care lined up, people take time off, a walker, PT, then…something’s not right here.

What do you do if you have one of these? Take yourself back to the shop? Basically, yes— call the doctor. My sister and brother did that—whew, different manufacturer.

Involved are the ASR Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System (the latter sold only abroad).

No more than 5% are supposed to have a “revision” within five yrs—this one was 13%.

Oh—and those revisions? They don’t work quite as well, are more prone to infection, and take more recovery time. They also cost more, although the J&J subsidiary, DePuy, says they will pick that up.

I am sure it will be pure joy to put all that together then check back in to the hospital. Docs should only recommend this, they say, if ions (from shredded metal) are up in the blood or there is soft tissue damage.

Yeah, no problem.

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