Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hip implant recipient feared revision surgery.

In continuing coverage, Bloomberg News (2/20, Possley, Voreacos) reports, "A Montana man suing Johnson & Johnson's DePuy unit over his metal-on-metal hip implant told a Los Angeles jury" on Tuesday that he "feared" the revision surgery "he had last February to remove his ASR hip implanted in December 2007" would kill him. The plaintiff Loren Kransky, who is suing DePuy on allegations that debris from his hip implant blackened tissue and poisoned his bloodstream, told the state court jury, "I had 25 surgical procedures done prior to that. ... I thought that surgery was going to kill me." Kransky's case is the first of the 10,000 pending lawsuits to go to trial over the ASR XL hip implants, 93,000 of which were recalled in August 2010 over exceptionally high failure rates

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