Patients in the Manchester area who have received a hip replacement should be aware that one of the world's largest manufacturers of hip replacement implants, DePuy, has been found to have made errors in the production process. An orthopaedic surgeon said that the errors could result in pieces of the metal implants breaking off and entering the bloodstream. The news was revealed after an investigation by the press led to the company admitting that it had made errors in the technique it used to measure parts used in its devices.
More than 350,000 DuPuy hip replacement units have been implanted into patients in the U.K. alone. The spotlight is on the company's Yorkshire-based production facility, where it is thought that the mismatched or inaccurately sized metal-on-metal type implants have been manufactured. The effect of having mismatching components can lead to increased wear of the implant, but in addition, the health implications for patients who have had the faulty hip surgically implanted may be drastic.