DePuy ASR™ System Recall
DePuy Hip Implant Recall
DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson company, announced in August 2010 it was voluntarily recalling two kinds of hip implants.
The company said it had made the decision to withdraw the products from the market because too many of the hip implants were failing. DePuy (pronounced dee-pew) reported that 12 percent of one type of device and 13 percent of the other are failing, or loosening. As a result, surgeons will need to remove the original implants and perform more surgery to replace the failing parts. This corrective surgery is called revision surgery.
If you’ve been affected by a recalled DePuy ASR™ hip implant system, you may qualify for financial compensation for the cost of surgery, time away from work, and pain and suffering. Contact our DePuy hip implant lawyers for more information.
DePuy Recalling Two Products
Both products being recalled are causing some patients to require revision surgery because the socket portion of the implant, called the acetabular cup, has been loosening. The acetabular cup is a part of the artificial hip that fits into the acetabulum, a concave part of the pelvis that is the socket portion of the ball and socket that forms the hip joint.
Symptoms of the loosening of the cup include:
- Pain deep in the groin
- Difficulty rising from being seated
- Increasing pain and popping or clicking sounds when walking
- Swelling in the hip, groin or lower back
- A sensation that the patient’s hip is not in place
DePuy Recalls ASR™ XL System
One of the two products being recalled is part of the ASR™ XL Acetabular System. This system is a traditional hip replacement and was implanted in patients in the United States and the rest of the world from 2008 to 2009.
The second product recall involves the ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System in which a metal cap is placed on the ball of the femur (the upper-most part of the thigh bone) in an attempt to preserve more bone. Hip resurfacing may involve only the head of the femur, or it may also involve the hip socket. This system, which is used outside the United States, but not approved for use here, was implanted from late 2005 to 2009.
When doing a total hip replacement, surgeons replace a diseased or damaged hip with a set of artificial bones designed to act like the normal ball and socket hip joint. The artificial joint consists of a femoral stem that is implanted into the person’s femur, or thigh bone, topped by a round ball, called the femoral head. This artificial head fits into the acetabular shell implant, where it articulates just as the normal ball and socket of the hip do.
Loose Acetabular Cup
One of the main reasons for having to do revision surgery is that the acetabular cups are loosening. Orthopedic surgeons have said the cup is difficult to implant and may be too shallow.
Have You Been Affected by the DePuy Recall?
If you or a loved one has had or is in need of revision surgery due to the failure of a hip implant, you should consult with an attorney. You may qualify to file a lawsuit against DePuy to seek out compensation for the pain and suffering incurred, as well as any financial losses such as medical costs and lost wages.
DePuy has agreed to pay for the revision surgery, however, legal professionals believe this is not enough. To find out if you qualify to seek additional compensation for your suffering, contact our experienced hip implant attorneys today.
DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Information
DePuyHipImplantRecall.org intends to provide patients with up-to-date information about the recent DePuy hip implant recalls. For more information, please select from the following:
- DePuy ASR XL System Recall
- Depuy Hip Replacement Failure
- Depuy Hip Replacement Problems
- Hip Revision Surgery