- Symptoms of Hip Problems
- DePuy Replacement Hip Surgery
- Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacements
- Fretting and Corrosion
Johnson & Johnson Hip Replacements
Johnson & Johnson recalled its DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System hip implants in August 2010 after reports emerged that the products were more likely to fail prematurely than other hip replacements. Johnson & Johnson is the parent company of DePuy Orthopaedics, which manufactured the recalled hip implants.
Both the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System are metal-on-metal hip replacements—devices with both a metal cup and metal ball component. Although metal-on-metal hip replacements were designed to last longer than devices with ceramic or polythene components, studies have found that all-metal implants carry unique risks that can place patients at risk of problems not found with other devices.
In addition to the increased rate of failure observed with metal-on-metal devices, researchers have found that patients with all-metal hip replacements may be at risk of developing chromium or cobalt poisoning as a result of metal fragments that can be shed through normal wear and tear on the device.
Patients who have experienced pain or other problems with a DePuy hip replacement have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson, alleging that they were not properly warned about the increased risk of problems with DePuy hip replacements. Many of these patients were forced to undergo costly revision surgery as a result of the premature failure of their hip replacement.
If you or a loved one received a DePuy hip replacement manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and have experienced problems with the device, 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 case evaluation form located on this page.