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On August 24, 2010, DePuy Orthopedics, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, issued a global recall of its ASR hip replacement systems due to a high rate of failure.
The recall came only days after the FDA sent a warning letter to DePuy for selling other hip and joint products without FDA approval. The recalled products include the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. DePuy sold an estimated 93,000 of the hip implants systems, which were sold worldwide since 2004 and in the United States since 2005.
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The DePuy ASR devices are metal-on-metal hip replacement systems. Studies show that over time, the ball and socket components wear down, generating metal debris fragments. These fragments can cause fluids to build up in the joint and surrounding muscles, and may cause pain and swelling or damage to the muscles, bones and nerves around the hip.
Dreyer Boyajian LLP represents several persons who have been injured as a consequence of DePuy and other similar metal-on-metal prosthetic devices. If you have suffered injury or financial damage because of a problem with a DePuy ASR or another metal on metal hip implant system, it is important that you speak to an attorney to protect your rights.
Symptoms of a defective DePuy ASR metal on metal hip implant may include:
- Hip, leg, groin or lower back pain
- Swelling, inflammation or infection
- Problems walking, standing or sitting
- Fatigue or decline in physical ability
- Audible clicking or crunching sound from the hip area
- Elevated levels of metals in blood causing metallosis
Continuing symptoms may be signs of the implant loosening from the bone, dislocation of the implant, or fracture of the bone.
New data shows that five years after implantation, approximately 12% of patients (1 in 8) who received the ASR resurfacing device and 13 percent of patients (1 in 8) who received the ASR total hip replacement needed to have a revision surgery. According to DePuy, the risk for revision surgery is highest with ASR head sizes below 50 mm in diameter and among female patients.
It is recommended that patients with ASR hip implant devices visit their orthopedic surgeon for evaluation and monitoring. If you are uncertain whether you received an ASR hip implant, you may contact your orthopedic surgeon or contact our office and we may do so on your behalf. You may also contact your primary physician or the hospital where your surgery took place.
DePuy claims that it intends to reimburse patients for "reasonable and customary" out-of-pocket medical costs associated with the recall, after patients have submitted their medical bills to their insurance company or Medicare. DePuy, however, will not compensate patients for their physical and mental pain and suffering of undergoing another surgery and rehabilitation, and ignores any new or aggravated injury or disability, lost wages and other significant expenses caused by its defective hip implants.
In addition to representing clients injured by DePuy products, we also have a successful record of helping people injured in similar type claims, such as:
- Zimmer hip systems
- Zimmer NexGen knees and Zimmer Persona knee replacements
- Stryker products
- Wright products
- Biomet products
- Dangerous testosterone drugs
- Defective drugs such as Xarelto and Eliquis
If you or a loved one has questions about a potential claim related to the DePuy ASR hip implant recall or another metal on metal hip device , please call us today to learn more about your legal rights at toll free 866-292-1582 or submit an online contact form.