On August 26, 2010, DePuy Orthopedics announced a recall of 93,000 ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing systems. The DePuy hip implant is an all-metal artificial hip that has been implanted in approximately 40,000 American patients. The hip was manufactured and implanted in patients between August 2005 through August 2010.
DePuy Hip Update 1/23/13: Newly disclosed court documents have revealed that a 2011 internal investigation conducted by Johnson & Johnson on its much-troubled DePuy ASR hip implant estimated that the device would fail within five years in nearly 40% of recipients. For reasons still unclear, the company failed to make this information public while simultaneously downplaying the potential health complications associated with its metal-on-metal hip. Click here to learn more.
Free DePuy Hip Recall Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective DePuy hip implant device or are in need of hip revision surgery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.
What’s the problem?
August 31, 2010 – This week, DePuy Orthopedics announced a recall of two DePuy ASR hip replacement systems – the ASR Hip Resurfacing System & ASR XL Acetabular System – due to an unreasonably high failure rate, which may have caused thousands of patients to experience pain and require a revision surgery for a second hip replacement.
New 2010 data from the National Joint Registry (NJR) of England and Wales shows that the ASR Hip Resurfacing System has a revision rate of approximately 12% and the ASR XL Acetabular System has a revision rate of 13%. Although those rates are across all sizes of the devices, the company noted that devices with head sizes smaller than 50 mm in diameter – as well as those implanted in female patients – were most likely to fail.
DePuy Hip Lawsuits on the Rise
The DePuy ASR is a metal-on-metal hip replacement system developed in 2005. Health care professionals have increasingly been warning about problems with metal-on-metal hip implants, which can shed metal particles into the body. The particles can damage soft tissue, cause inflammatory reactions, and lead to bone loss.
In recent months, a number of lawsuits over defective ASR Cup implants have been filed. It is expected that the number of cases will continue to grow as product liability lawyers continue to investigate and review potential cases for individuals who have experienced problems and complications after hip replacement surgery involving the device.
Do I have a DePuy Hip Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in defective hip replacement device lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.
Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by a defective DePuy hip implant device or are in need of hip revision surgery, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.