DePuy ASR Hip Lawyers: Sales Halted Amid Reports of Hip Failure

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted March 15, 2010


UPDATE 8/30/2010: A DePuy ASR hip recall was officially announced on August 26, 2010 involving about 93,000 of the metal hip implants sold.

DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, has removed the DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implant from the market. While the manufacturer initially maintained that the relatively new device was being discontinued due to slowing sales, they acknowledged last week that a number of patients have experienced higher-than-expected hip failure with the artificial implant.

>>INFORMATION: DePuy ASR Hip Lawsuits

The DePuy ASR hip replacement lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential lawsuits for individuals who received this defectively designed device and experienced hip pain, loosening of the hip implant or other hip problems that may have been caused by the metal-on-metal hip implant.

According to a recent report in the New York Times, a number of orthopedic experts believe that a DePuy ASR hip recall should have been issued earlier, as it appears to have a design flaw that makes it difficult to properly position in traditional hip replacement surgery. The device has been found to fail in some patients within only a few years of surgery, leading to excruciating pain and the need for complex hip replacement surgery.

Hundreds of individuals have reported DePuy ASR hip problems since 2007, with most of the reports involving complications that required replacement of the DePuy hip implant. Symptoms of a DePuy ASR hip failure could include:

  • Unexplained Hip Pain
  • Thigh Pain or Groin Pain
  • Pain with Walking
  • Pain Rising from a Seated Position
  • Pain with Weight Bearing


The attorneys at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are providing free consultations and claim evaluations for individuals who received the DePuy ASR hip implant or suspect that they may have received the DePuy metal hip, and experienced hip pain, loosening of the hip replacement or required additional hip surgery.

To review a potential DePuy ASR hip recall lawsuit on behalf of yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

21 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • jean says:

    three years ago I got a DePuy knee replacement and I have started having a lot of problems from my knee down to my foot and up and including my lower backk.

    Posted on May 13, 2010 at 10:45 am

  • jonathan says:

    My mother in law had a DePuy Knee replacement and had the replacement loosen and from her Femur

    I wonder if it is a design flaw

    Posted on July 19, 2010 at 2:25 pm

  • Deanna says:

    I had my hip replaced with a Depuy in July 2006 and had problems immediately! I complained and complained to the doc and got every answer but the one telling me it was defective! NOW because they HAD to its being disclosed?

    Posted on August 14, 2010 at 11:02 am

  • ERIC M. says:

    Had a complete right hip replacement in Oct. 2008 and was happy with the operation until about 6 months later when I again felt the same sensations of excruciating pain in the same area as pre-op. Enquired to my surgeon the same, where he saw me pronto, exclaiming that he was worried about the situation, BUT not telling me YET of the problem and recall of the prosthetic. It was not until further tests (4 in total, that all proved negative) that the go-ahead of re-surgery of the defective cup that proved something amiss. A week and a half later and in pain not only from my hip but my lower right back, my right knee and my neck (from not findind a comfortable position to sleep or lay on) that I am writing this. Are there any more who have gone through this and if so write a small column so this can come to light. I am in the process of legal matters to the manufacturer of this product only !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on August 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm

  • debra says:

    I have had 2 total hip replacementsone in Sept. 2006 and one in May 2008, the first one I know was a DePuy hip. Within the last week I have been experiencing thigh pain in the hip that was replaced in Sept 2006 which has prompted me to contact my Orthopedic surgeon for a follow up visit. Guess time will tell if one or both are part of the recall

    Posted on August 31, 2010 at 2:10 pm

  • john says:

    I had the asr socket , ball & stem installed in5/2006, no problems for 7 month, then infectiom early 2/2007 followed by another infection 3/20007 . dr said nothing. I have severe pain & was enturing with the help og oxycotin until I read the recall. whem to the best hip doctor in Pa & he says it is still infected( with daily use of Bactrim & doxy(sp) .it has to cpme out I i will maybe lose my house as I have spent most of our savings making up for lost income, because I cannot work & same level as before Depuy, thing is the Doctor made me wait 2 years after I need a new ball & socket to this DEPUY P.O.S.good luck to everyone

    Posted on September 9, 2010 at 6:14 pm

  • fina says:

    Had a total hip replacement in Oct. 09. I have had some issues with feeling like something is moving in the area of the replacement but have had xrays and everything looks normal. As I am a letter carrier and have only just returned to my route, which includes alot of stairs, I am now wondering if this defective implant will last long?? I am not ready or can afford to have another surgery so soon!!

    Posted on September 24, 2010 at 4:21 pm

  • DePuy Hip Claims says:

    I am planning to get a revision surgery and i feel like i should consult a legal advisor that should i get a compensation for my revision surgery or what is the procedure for it.

    Posted on October 7, 2010 at 7:36 am

  • MAXINE says:


    Posted on December 19, 2010 at 6:03 pm

  • katie says:

    I to had a depuy knee replacement and to have second surgery after one year. What con I do about it?

    Posted on December 21, 2010 at 12:32 am

  • Zenon says:

    Had total r-hip 1/15/04 Biomet M2a 38mm Medal on medal , again on 8/18/05 because the cup came loose and rotated 90 degrees toward the ingrowing , Biomet made a custom prosthesis but during the operation they find out it would not fit so they put in a 70mm cup, they told me it took 5hrs…….I bet Mary Lou Reton got a better deal from Biomt

    Posted on December 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm

  • Joane says:

    i had a depuy knee replacement in February 2006. Since tihen i have been in consant discomfort & pain from my ankle to my hip. I haveinseen numerous Drs. & had numerous xrays to try to find out why. I was told everything was fine & was told this was a condition i had to live with.The more time goes by it becomes more painful even to the touch.Something is wrong here!!!!!!!

    Posted on December 31, 2010 at 2:26 pm

  • john says:

    on 25-July-2008 i had a knee replacement (depuy) it only last for 23 months on june 10 2010 had to have a 2nd one put in an now this one is giving me alot of trouble an the way i was treated at the hospitlle it was a nightmare it was the more i toled them i was in pain they stated away from me if i was a dog or a cat i think the place would have been closed down

    Posted on January 7, 2011 at 1:12 am

  • Cheryl says:

    I had a DuPuy knee replacement 10/09. Immediate pain in back, hip and knee when I regained consciousness. Cannot fully extend leg; cannot walk down steps properly. Cannot stand or walk any length of time. Lidoderm pain patches have been my best friend. No other prescriptions have worked. I had a manipulation performed to straighten leg; didn’t help at all. Dr. had me stop therapy because it was doing more harm than good. Walk like Chester on Gunsmoke most of the time. Who is responsible for our pain and restrictions, Doctors, hospitals, manufacture? I am ready to sue how about you?

    Posted on January 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm

  • Susan says:

    3 years ago, I had a total knee replacement (DePuy18886272677) about a year ago, I started falling. No tripping hazards required, I would be walking across an open floor and fall down. The 1st of July, I fell (3rd time in a week), while walking my dog… the dog had nothing to do with the fall. I was walking on level asphalt at the time. Anyway, either that time or a previous fall I broke my ankle. I finally saw a replacement revision specialist, and he said my falls are most likely caused by the knee failing and causing balance instability.

    Now not only have I had to endure this broken ankle for 6 months, I had to have surgery on it and have a screw put in to pull things together… I also have to have my knee revised and get to wait until the ankle heals before I can do that.

    Is anyone else have similar problems with this knee component?

    Posted on January 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm

  • lorraine says:

    Ihad a knee replacement in April 20089. After 6 mo. therapy monthly vivits etc. I could not get an answer from my doc. Saw another doc. he said the top of the knee looked too large for hte bottom of the knee. The device loosened in the top and bottom. He said the only recourse was to remove the device. The knee is doing much better have some pain related to weather as well as activity. How does one know the problem of the mismatched top and bottom components.

    Posted on January 18, 2011 at 9:17 pm

  • varnais says:

    I just had another knee replacement…can’t walk….I have now a drop foot…….What do I do? I am so depressed…I can’t believe a doctor would advise you on medical issues, operate and leave you alone with pain pills..
    .I had a Depuy… now a Zimmerman……I have had a many falls…I suffered a broken knee cap on my other leg after the first surgery… and I guess I will be confined to a wheel chair…I have suffered too long…

    Posted on February 16, 2011 at 9:51 pm

  • Carol says:

    I had a right knee replacement – Duprey – in April of 2010. It got better for awhile, but now almost a year later, the pain is worse than before the surgery, causing discomfort in other areas. My Dr.said there is no infection and that the x-rays look good. I’m miserable and don’t know where to go from here.

    Posted on March 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm

  • Jeremy says:

    Had the hip put in Dec. of 01 had alot of issues at the start was told its o.k. Now I sit in pain every day when this was to fix my pain. Why? I felt as if my doctor pushed the hip on me and was left with no choice. Now Im going on ten years and dont know where to start.

    Posted on August 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm

  • Debra says:

    Thought I was the only one. Just discovered today that I have the DePuy Knee Prosthetic. Total replacement done over one year ago. Leg DOES NOT BEND! Must I stay this way for life?

    Posted on October 31, 2011 at 3:22 pm

  • Yashpal says:

    I had a double hip remcnlepeat when I was 24 due to a rare bone deformity condition. Having the metal on metal implants was the best decision i could have made- and I should have had it done 5 years before I did. My life has changed considerably due to the implants and I can walk without pain. I knew the potential risks but took my chances as my alternative was a wheelchair. Its scary to think of consequences of taking that risk (like metal debris and possible recall) but even a few years of being pain free and active was worth it!

    Posted on July 3, 2012 at 3:43 am

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