Should you be worried? Your questions answered
Published 28/08/2010 | 05:00
Why are the hip implants being recalled?
Johnson & Johnson's joint replacement business, DePuy Orthopaedics, is recalling one of its products that replaces the ball part of the hip.
The other implant replaces the socket. It follows data from the UK showing that eight patients who received the devices needed corrective surgery within five years. l How many Irish patients received the implants?
Around 3,500 public and private patients who had hip surgery received the implants since 2004. Not all of these patients will experience problems but up to 12pc may need a new implant.
Some 12 Irish patients have already come to medical notice after suffering complications, with some having already undergone the second operation.
- What is the advice for patients who had a hip operation?
Their consultants are checking their records and will recall all those who received the implant.
The selected patients will be asked to return to their surgeon for a series of tests.
Anybody else who had a hip operation with another implant need not worry.
- Will there be a lot of tests involved?
They are mainly blood tests and scans.
- Who will pay for these tests and any further operations?
The company which made the implants will see to all the costs.
- Is there a fear that more patients could get these implants?
No, any supplies which are in stock are being recalled.
- Is there a helpline I can contact?
There is no special helpline yet but you can call the HSE general information line at 1850 24 1850.