Numerous FDA reports of patients with loose DePuy ASR Acetabular Cups have been made by doctors after performing revision surgery
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.
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What is Metallosis?
Metallosis is the result of the body reacting to a metal implant. The immune system sees this device as foreign. It mounts a defense against the prosthesis (implant) and tries to rid itself of it. Inflammation and scarring around the implant are the result.
Anytime there is metal-on-metal, tiny flecks of metal are shaved off and released into the area. The particles are called debris. Debris of this kind set up a foreign-body reaction. Bone and soft tissue can be destroyed as the body tries to respond to the metal ions. The final result can be failure of the implant. Bone loss results in loosening of the device.
DePuy Hip Replacement Failure
Numerous FDA reports of patients with loose DePuy ASR Acetabular Cups have been made by doctors after performing revision surgery. The ASR hip cup revision reports also mention instances of loosening and metallosis. Surgeons have noted upon revision that the DePuy ASR hip cup was “loose and easy to revise” and “the cup popped right out. There was no evidence of any bony ingrowth.” This is in spite of the surgeon’s pre-revision observation that “The patient was revised to address complaint of extreme pain when weight bearing. X-rays looked good, and cup was in position.”
On March 9, 2010 DePuy announced that they were pulling the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement off of the U.S. market because the device appears to have a high failure rate. FDA Adverse Event Reports document problems with the DePuy ASR cup such as the failure of the DePuy ASR to bond, and surgeons finding that the cup is loose during revision surgery.
Do I have a Depuy ASR Hip Replacement Metallosis Lawsuit?
The Personal Injury & Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in Depuy hip replacement lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.