DePuy Hip Implant Recall
Medical Device Company Issues Worldwide Recall of ASR and ASR XL Hip Implant Devices
August 2010 recall of two DePuy hip implant devices linked to increased failure rate and the need for additional surgery to replace the defective implants.
DePuy hip implant patients can obtain vital information about their legal options from our DePuy hip injury lawyers by completing the form on this page.
In 2003, Johnson & Johnson’s medical device unit, DePuy Orthopaedics, received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market their to market their ASR hip implant devices. One year later, the company received FDA approval for their ASR XL Acetabular System.
Since that time, a number of studies had been conducted regarding the devices and potential problems, including a 2010 report released by the National Joint Registry of England and Wales (NJR).
The NJR report indicated that patients who were given the ASR or ASR XL devices had a 12-13 percent higher risk rate of device failures requiring follow-up surgery, and that women were even more likely than men to require additional surgery to correct hip implant replacement device failures.
Hip Replacement Injuries
Patients who had received the ASR or ASR XL metal-on-metal hip implant devices may begin to experience a number of symptoms indicating their devices have failed, including pain, swelling, loss of mobility, problems climbing steps, difficulties getting in and out of cars and chairs and other painful conditions they may have experienced prior to undergoing their first hip surgery procedures.
These problems may be symptoms that their DePuy hip implants have loosened in the hip, dislocated, or in even more serious cases, that the bones surrounding the implant may have fractured.
DePuy Hip Patients Require Additional Surgery
Because of the DePuy hip system failures, patients who had previously undergone surgery and long post-operative periods of inactivity, painful rehabilitation and physical therapy to restore mobility are now facing additional surgery to replace the defective implants.
In addition to the risks associated with an invasive surgical procedure, the men and women who received the ASR or ASR XL devices are now facing more pain from a second surgery, the stress of having to depend on family and caregivers for transportation and assistance with tasks they will be unable to perform on their own during their recovery, and many more weeks of physical therapy and rehabilitation after their replacement/revision surgeries.
DePuy has issued statements indicating that they will cover “reasonable and customary costs” of medical testing, treatment and surgery associated with replacing the defective hip components.
However, news reports from both the BBC and The Irish Times have reported that DePuy implant patients in those countries had been asked to sign documents that would release medical records to the company. Those documents have also included statements agreeing that the recalled DePuy hip system devices would be returned to the company, essentially stripping these men and women of the ability to file a defective medical device lawsuit under Irish or British law.
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If you have experienced complications from a DePuy ASR hip implant, our defective medical device lawyers may be able to help you obtain compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering and other legal relief.
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