Albany Hip Implant Recall Attorney
DePuy Orthopedics Hip Implant Recall
ASR XL Acetabular System
ASR Hip Resurfacing System
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On August 24, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson, issued a worldwide recall of two of its hip implant devices–the ASRXL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing Platform — due to a high failure rate.
This recall follows a FDA issued warning letter to DePuy for selling hip and other joint products without the agency’s approval, and a March 10, 2010 New York Times’ article which revealed that DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. had halted sales and issued an urgent safety notice for its DePuy ASR Hip device systems.
The DePuy ASR hip devices are metal-on-metal hip replacement systems. The natural hip joint is like a ball that fits in a socket. The socket portion of the hip is called the acetabulum. The femoral head at the top of the thigh bone (femur) rotates within the curved surface of the acetabulum. The recalled hip implants utilize a one-piece acetabular cup, which is a metal liner that replaces the acetabulum. With the recalled ASR XL Total Hip Replacement System, there are three components—1). The femoral stem is inserted inside the femur 2). The femoral head (or ball) connects to the stem, and 3). The stem then fits inside the acetabulum.
The second recalled ASR hip device—the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System—utilizes two components: 1). A cap is placed over the natural femoral head and 2). The acetabulum is replaced with the one-piece cup.
Data received by DePuy shows that more people than expected who received the ASR Hip System experienced pain and other symptoms that led to a second hip replacement surgery. Five years after implantation, approximately 12% of patients, or 1 in 8, who had received the ASR resurfacing device, and 13% of patients, or 1 in 8, who had received the ASR total hip replacement, needed a second surgery. The recall means that monitoring and testing may be necessary of individuals who have been implanted with either of the DePuy ASR Hip Systems.
Symptoms of a defective DePuy ASR hip implant include:
- Unexplained hip, thigh, groin or lower back pain
- Swelling, inflammation or infection
- Problems walking, standing or sitting
- Fatigue or decline in physical ability
- Pain Rising from a Seated Position
- Pain with Weight Bearing
These symptoms could be a sign of the implant loosening from the bone, dislocation of the implant, or fracture of the bone.
A failure of the system could lead to the necessity of a second hip replacement surgery, known as a revision surgery. DePuy advises that regardless of whether you are suffering from the above symptoms, you should schedule a follow-up appointment with your surgeon as soon as possible.
If you or someone you know has been implanted with a DePuy ASR Hip Replacement System or you have undergone or are scheduled to undergo a revision surgery, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free consultation, contact the Hip Implant Recall lawyers at Smalline and Harri at (518) 426-7750, or submit a contact form on line.