DePuy Hip Implants Recalled Due To High Revision Rates.

DePuy Hip Replacement Problems

DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, issued a recall of the ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System hip implants in August 2010 due to multiple problems with the devices. To date, one out of every eight patients who received the device has required surgery to fix or replace the implant within five years.

Patients who have experienced problems with a DePuy hip replacement have reported a number of symptoms including pain or swelling in the hip and difficulty while walking. These symptoms may be caused by a number of potential problems with the device, including:

  • Loosening: the DePuy implant fails to remain in the position where it was attached during surgery
  • Metal debris: pieces of metal from the hip implant get loose and may be spread around in hip area
  • Fractures: broken bones occurring around the site of the implant
  • Dislocation: separation of two parts of the hip replacement device that were designed to move against each other

Problems with the hip replacement had been reported for at least two years before the DePuy recall. Beginning in 2008, the Food and Drug Administration had received nearly 400 reports of patients who experienced problems with the devices, some of which required “revision surgery” in order to repair or replace the DePuy system. Similar problems with DePuy hip replacements were reported in Australia, leading the Australian National Joint Replacement Registry to recall the DePuy hip replacement systems in December 2009, eight months before the company withdrew the implants from use in the United States.

Several patients have filed DePuy hip replacement lawsuits. These cases have alleged that the devices are defective and that the company failed to issue a recall of its hip replacement products even though it knew about problems with the implants for years beforehand. In addition to several individual lawsuits, at least one class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of DePuy users.

If you or a loved one has experienced problems with a DePuy hip replacement, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP to learn more about your legal rights. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form on the right of this page.

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