DePuy Hip Replacement – DePuy ASR Hip Systems
In August, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, issued a recall of its Depuy ASR™ XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing Platform, just eight months after the hip implant recall by Australian health officials. The DePuy hip recall followed reports from Britain that the DePuy hips were more than twice as likely to fail as other hip replacement brands. It is estimated that 93,000 patients have the DePuy ASR hip systems. This hip recall only affects patients who had hip surgery after July 2003.
An alarming number of patients have reported problems with their DePuy hips. Statistics show that 1 in 8, or around 12% of those who received the DePuy hips needed corrective procedures, called revision surgeries, within the first five years, compared to the 5% expected failure rate for artificial hip replacements.
DePuy Hip Replacement Failure Symptoms
DePuy hip replacement failure symptoms include:
- Hip pain
- Thigh or groin pain
- Pain while walking
- Pain when rising from a seated position
- Pain when bearing weight
The ASR systems are metal-on-metal devices made of chromium and cobalt. According to medical experts, DePuy’s monoblock cup system makes it nearly impossible for even the most experienced surgeons to implant it in the right position.
One of the major issues our clients and other injured individuals are facing is a rare condition known as metallosis or metal toxicity. This is due to design defects of the DePuy hip devices, which cause the metal components to rub against each other and shed microscopic metal particles into the body.
Symptoms of metallosis generally include:
- Pain around the site of the implant
- Pseudotumors (a mass of inflamed cells that resembles a tumor, but is actually collected fluids)
- Noticeable rash that indicates necrosis (the premature death of cells and living tissue)
- Contribution to loosening of the implant or medical device from the damaged and inflamed tissue
- Dislocation of non-cemented implants since the healthy tissue that would normally hold the implant in place is weakened or destroyed
- Possible osteolysis (a condition that can lead to implant loosening or bone breakage)
How Do I Find Out If I Have a DePuy Hip?
DePuy’s ASR Hip Resurfacing System first became available in July 2003. If you had your hip surgery prior to July 2003, you are not affected by this hip implant recall. Please speak to your orthopedic surgeon about any questions you may have about your hip replacement.
If you had hip surgery after July 2003: DePuy does not maintain a list of patients who received an ASR Hip. Please contact your orthopedic surgeon or the hospital where your surgery took place to determine whether you received an ASR Hip. It may take time for the surgeon or hospital to locate this information for you, and whether you are affected by this hip replacement recall.
For privacy reasons, your orthopedic surgeon or the hospital where your surgery took place may ask you to request this information in person.
If I Have a DePuy Hip, What Do I Do Next?
If you are in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, or anywhere in the state of Oklahoma and have an ASR DePuy hip replacement, you may be entitled to significant compensation as a result of this hip recall. Contact a hip replacement recall attorney immediately for a free consultation about the DePuy hip recall by filling out our contact form, or by calling us toll free at (877) 917-5250.
What if I Have a DePuy Hip But Don’t Live in Oklahoma?
The DePuy hip recall is effective nationwide, and if you don’t live in Oklahoma, we can still help you in any of these states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
What If I Don’t Have a DePuy Hip?
If you don’t have a DePuy hip, be aware that several other hip replacement manufacturers are currently undergoing recalls, or receiving reports of hip replacement problems. Please check our other hip replacement information pages to see if you are affected by any other hip recall: