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DePuy Orthopedics Announces Recall of 93,000 ASR Hip Implant Devices

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.

Defective DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Lawsuits

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.

Hip Implant Patients in Danger of Contracting Metallosis

Did you know that Metallic poisoning – also known as metallosis – is among the most damaging side effects of a defective metal-on-metal hip implant? The heavy metals chromium and cobalt have been found to enter the circulatory system of a patient through the lower portion of the hip. It also acts as a gateway for toxic debris to enter the bloodstream.

DePuy™ hip implant devices are now being recalled nationwide after physicians linked metallic particles released from the device to vision loss, muscle damage, hip pain, hearing loss, and extensive soft tissue damage. Hip replacement recall victims are encouraged to immediately schedule a doctor’s appointment. Comprehensive diagnostic tests should determine the extent of any hip implant failure and identify the presence of toxic metals in the bloodstream.

Hip Recall Victims Beware, DePuy Wants Your Medical Records For Their Benefit

October 18, 2010 - Two days before the August 2010 recall of Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System, DePuy sent a letter to orthopedic hip surgeons to alert them of the recall. The company also provided an informational packet and medical release form to be passed out to patients.

According to reports, DePuy has offered surgeons $50 for every medical release they convince their patients to sign, and the company has paid millions of dollars since 2007 to surgeons who endorsed their product and wrote favorable articles about the hip implant in medical journals.

The defective hip implant is the single most important pieces of evidence that a patient has in their claim. Therefore, the last thing a patient should do is turn that over to DePuy. Instead, one should arrange to have it tested by a third-party source who can accurately determine how the implant failed and which issues caused the failure.

Do I Have a DePuy Hip Implant Recall Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective DePuy hip implant device, you should contact us immediately at 512-233-1129 or simply fill out the form below. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.



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