DePuy ASR Hip Replacement Recall

DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. has recalled all of its ASR XL Acetabular Hip Systems and ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems after years of complaints that the product is defective. These metal-on-metal prosthetic systems have been in use since 2003.

Patients who received these implants have reported a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Pain
  • Popping
  • Grinding
  • Elevated levels of Cobalt and Chromium in their blood streams
  • Fluid-filled cysts under the skin
  • Soft tissue necrosis
  • Loosening of the hip implant
  • Dislocation of the hip implant
  • Infection
  • Bone fracture
  • The need for revision surgery

Some ASR patients do not currently have any symptoms; however, they may have symptoms in the future. At The Gomez Law Firm, we can protect your rights against DePuy regardless of whether you currently have symptoms.
Many ASR patients must undergo painful revision surgery to have the implant removed and replaced. At least one independent medical organization estimates that 49% of ASR hip implants will fail within six years. This estimate could rise. Generally, hip implant prosthetics are designed to last approximately 15-20 years.

Numerous DePuy ASR patients have complained about these now-recalled products to the Food and Drug Administration since 2008. Nonetheless, it was not until March 2010 that DePuy first addressed these complaints. At that time, DePuy issued a Field Safety Notice to physicians regarding the surgical revision rates of its ASR systems. DePuy told doctors in that urgent notice that surgical revision rates of its ASR metal-on-metal products were higher than expected. In April 2010, the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued a Medical Device Alert warning of the dangers of all metal-on-metal hip implants.

Finally, on August 24, 2010, DePuy issued a recall of the ASR hip implants. Approximately 93,000 devices have been implanted worldwide, according to DePuy. The company does not keep track of the identities of the patients who receive their implants. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. is a Johnson & Johnson company.

Individuals who received the recalled devices may have been asked to establish a claim number with Broadspire; sign authorizations allowing the release of private medical records; and seek reimbursement for medical, mileage or other expenses. The Gomez Law Firm encourages individuals with the recalled device to speak with an attorney before taking any of those steps. The remedies available under the law may be much greater than what is being offered by Broadspire and DePuy.

Contact The Gomez Law Firm today, and we will help you determine what type of hip implant you have and what remedies may be available to you under the law.

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