DePuy Hip Recall FAQ
Which products were included in the DePuy hip implant recall?
DePuy Orthopaedics and Johnson & Johnson recalled the ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System hip implants in August 2010. Only DePuy ASR hip replacements that were implanted after July 2003 were affected by the recall. About 93,000 of these devices have been implanted worldwide.
Why did DePuy issue a hip replacement recall?
DePuy and Johnson & Johnson recalled these two hip replacement systems after reports emerged that they were more likely to fail than other hip implant systems. Approximately 12% of patients who received the recalled DePuy hip replacement systems required surgery to replace their implant within five years, more than twice the expected rate of failure for artificial hip replacements.
What are the symptoms of potential problems with DePuy implants?
Patients who have undergone revision surgery for their hip replacement have experienced loosening from the position where it was implanted, metal debris from the device around the area of implantation, fractures and broken bones or dislocation of two parts of the hip replacement that were designed to move against each other. These hip replacement problems can cause pain in the hip, swelling or problems walking or moving around.
When did the first reports of problems with the DePuy implants emerge?
Although the DePuy recall was issued in August 2010, the company knew about problems with the devices several years earlier. In 2007, the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry warned about the high rate of failure among DePuy hip replacement systems. Australia recalled the DePuy implants in December 2009, months before the products were withdrawn in the U.S.
Have there been recalls of other hip replacements besides the DePuy ASR systems?
Yes. In January 2008, Stryker issued a recall of its Trident ceramic hip implants after many patients experienced a squeaking noise that experts feared could be a harbinger of future problems with the devices. Zimmer recalled its Durom cup hip implants in July 2008 due to a higher-than-expected failure rate.
What are metal-on-metal hip implants?
This type of implant consists of a metal ball and socket system that is implanted during surgery in order to correct hip problems. Metal-on-metal hip implants are designed to last 15 years or more.
Have injured hip implant patients filed lawsuits against DePuy?
Since the first DePuy lawsuit over the ASR system was filed in March 2009, hundreds of patients have filed lawsuits against DePuy and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson. These lawsuits have alleged that the companies did not move quickly enough to recall the DePuy hip implants after learning of problems with the devices. A DePuy class action lawsuit has also been filed in Canada on behalf of patients in that country who were harmed by the recalled DePuy implants.
Am I eligible to file a DePuy lawsuit?
If you or a loved one received DePuy hip replacements and have experienced pain or undergone surgery to repair the device, contact the attorneys at Hissey Kientz, LLP to learn more about your rights. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-274-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form on the right of this page.