An aching hip can cause a real crimp in your style. Especially for older adults, having hip problems can really hamper a healthy and active lifestyle. That’s why hip replacement surgery has become so popular over the past few decades. Replacing a hip can give you a new lease on life—allow you to resume the physical activities you enjoy, but without all the pain. Like any surgery, hip replacement carries some risk. But, unlike most surgeries, if you have had certain hip implants, you could be more likely to have those implants fail. The attorneys at McIntyre Law have spent years representing clients who are victims of faulty hip replacements, and we can help you, too. If you believe that you were given a faulty DePuy hip, contact us today.
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. Australian health officials had recalled these hip implants eight months prior to the U.S. recall. There were also reports coming out of Great 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, but the DePuy hip recall affects only those patients who had hip surgery after July 2003. Still, an alarming number of patients have reported problems with their DePuy hips. Statistics show that around 12%, or one in eight, of those who received the DePuy hips needed corrective procedures (also called “revision surgeries”) within the first five years, compared to the five percent expected failure rate for other artificial hip replacements.
DePuy hip replacement failure symptoms include:
An ASR system is a metal-on-metal device 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 correctly.
That means that for our clients and other patients who have received a DePuy hip replacement, one of the big issues is metallosis, or metal toxicity. Metallosis happens when metal components rub against each other and shed microscopic metal particles into the body. It’s a rare condition, but it is caused by design defects in the DePuy hip devices.
Symptoms of metallosis could include:
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 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 if 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 you have an ASR DePuy hip replacement, you may be entitled to significant compensation as a result of this hip recall. Contact a McIntyre Law hip replacement recall attorney immediately for a free consultation about the DePuy hip recall. Contact us for more information.
Even if you received a hip other than a DePuy hip, there are other manufacturers that are subject to recalls, or that have received reports of hip replacement problems. If you have received a hip replacement from another manufacturer, see our information about Wright hip replacement or Zimmer hip replacement or Stryker hip replacement or Biomet hip replacement issues.