- Symptoms of Hip Problems
- DePuy Replacement Hip Surgery
- Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements
- Fretting and Corrosion
DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, recalled the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System hip replacements in August 2010 due to reports that the devices posed an increased risk of premature failure. According to researchers, the recalled DePuy ASR hip replacements failed within five years for one out of every eight patients—more than twice the expected rate.
Both the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System were metal-on-metal devices, containing a metal cup and metal ball. Studies published in the wake of the DePuy recall have found that metal-on-metal hip replacements can expose patients to an increased risk of chromium and cobalt poisoning or other complications due to the way that these products were designed.
The Food and Drug Administration has received hundreds of reports about problems with another DePuy hip replacement: the DePuy Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System. Like the recalled ASR devices, the DePuy Pinnacle is a metal-on-metal hip implant.
Hundreds of hip replacement patients with an ASR or Pinnacle hip replacement device have filed lawsuits against DePuy, alleging that they suffer pain or other complications from their hip replacements. In many cases, these patients were forced to undergo replacement surgery as a result of the failure of their artificial hip replacements.
If you or a loved one have experienced problems with a DePuy metal-on-metal hip replacement, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. For a free legal consultation, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free contact form located on this page.