July 10th, 2012

Artificial Hip Brings Only Pain

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Terri Wagner-Morley was so hopeful about her new right hip. It would ease her chronic arthritis pain, allow her to exercise, even help her lose a little weight. She had a DePuy metal-on-metal ASR hip implanted in 2008 and, at first, it worked just like she'd hoped. Then she began feeling a "pop" in the hip. The pop turned to pain, making it hurt to move. …Minnesota's renowned Mayo Clinic has dramatically curtailed its use of the metal devices. Dr. David Lewallen, a Mayo orthopedic surgeon, said more data on metal-on-metal hips needs to be gathered, saying they remain a viable option for some patients. But he acknowledged the array of concerns. "That continues to be a mystery, what is going on in these patients," he said. "And that continues to be the ongoing mystery and the focus of investigation and work now."

 

Star Tribune by James Walsh

Tags: DePuy, Dr. David Lewallen, Orthopedics

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