TGA heart warning over hip replacements

The TGA is alerting doctors to recently published research showing higher heart failure rates in men with a DePuy metal-on-metal hip implant.

The notorious DePuy ASR XL metal-on-metal total hip replacement system was withdrawn from the Australian market in 2009 due to high surgery revision rates and recalled worldwide the following year, sparking a class action against the manufacturer, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary.