Recently, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., issued a recall for its ASR XL Acetabular System, as well as ASR Hip Resurfacing System.  They are both hip implant devices that proved to be less effective that the manufacturer initially hoped. Most ASR hip replacement surgeries have been successful.  However, the company’s data shows that more people than expected who received the ASR hip experienced pain and other symptoms that led to a second hip replacement surgery, called a revision surgery. 

What does this recall mean for patients?  It means that additional testing and monitoring may be necessary to ensure your hip implant is functioning well.  In some cases, patients may need additional surgery.

Dr. Steven Louis of Hinsdale Orhopaedics typically does not use the ASR model for his hip replacement patients. In fact, he has only implanted the ASR in one  patient over the past three years.  That patient is being monitored carefully.

This recall does not affect the majority of anterior approach hip replacement procedures that Dr. Steven Louis performs.  Rather than the ASR model, he uses the DePuy Pinnacle Acetabular Cup, which is approved by the FDA and is presently the implant of choice for hip replacement patients. 

Dr. Louis wants to inform hip replacement patients with the Pinnacle Acetabular Cup, that their implants are not being recalled.

Direct Anterior Approach

Dr. Louis is one of a select few Chicago-area surgeons who perform total hip replacements using the direct anterior approach. This method allows the doctor to access the hip joint from the front of the hip, rather than through the patient’s side or back, which is the traditional hip replacement method.  The direct anterior approach is beneficial to the patient, as it allows hip replacement without detaching pelvis or femur muscles. By leaving the muscles around the hip untouched, the surgeon ensures that those muscles will not have to recover from surgical trauma.

As a result, patients who have the anterior approach have a quicker recuperation, shorter hospital stay, and less pain then those who opt for the traditional hip replacement. 

About Dr. Steven Louis, M.D.:

In addition to his work as a partner and staff physician at Hinsdale Orthopaedics, Dr. Louis is also the Director of Orthopaedic Trauma at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, IL. To book an appointment with him, please contact Sabina at 630.323.6066.

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