DePuy Hip Implants Recalled Due To High Revision Rates.

Fretting and Corrosion

In August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, issued a recall of the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing Platform after the hip implants showed an increased rate of fretting and corrosion compared to other artificial hip replacements.

Hip replacement fretting occurs when metal components of the DePuy hip replacement move together and cause friction, which wears at the implant over time. Corrosion occurs when the metal portion of the implant interacts chemically with its surroundings.

Fretting and corrosion can lead to severe hip replacement complications including pain, implant loosening, fractures, osteolysis and limited mobility.

Fretting and corrosion can also increase the risk for metallosis, a type of metal poisoning. According to the British Medical Journal, metal poisoning occurs when metal debris flakes off of the implant and releases toxic levels chromium and cobalt ions into the bloodstream.

If you were implanted with a DePuy hip replacement system and experienced fretting and corrosion, metal poisoning, hip dislocation or other complications, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP to learn more about your legal rights by calling toll free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out a free case evaluation form on the right of this page.


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