Johnson & Johnson DePuy ASR Hip Recall

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted August 30, 2010


Last week, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, announced the recall of two DePuy ASR hip implants amid a large number of reported hip failures and revision surgeries. The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential DePuy hip recall lawsuits for individuals throughout the United States who received one of these devices during a hip replacement surgery.

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About 93,000 DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System implants and DePy ASR Hip Resurfacing System implants are included in the recall. These devices have been found to have an unreasonably high failure rate, requiring many patients implanted with the DePuy hip to undergo revision surgery for a second hip replacement procedure.

The recall comes months after our lawyers first started investigating potential lawsuits for problems with DePuy ASR hips. The medical device maker announced last year that they were phasing the implants off of the market only a few years after they were introduced, but they previously maintained that the decision was not based on any problems with the Johnson & Johnson DePuy hips.

On Thursday, the company officially issued a DePuy hip recall, acknowleding that data shows the ASR Hip Resurfacing System has a 12% failure rate and the ASR XL Acetabular System has a 13% failure rate. The risk of DePuy hip problems was especially high among those implanted in women and those with heads below 50 mm.

The DePuy ASR hip was especially popular among younger patients because it was marketed as being more stable and less susceptible to dislocation after surgery. However, problems with the metal-on-metal implant began rolling in shortly after the devices were introduced.

Adverse event reports increased sharply between 2006 and 2009, with nearly 100 reports in 2007, over 200 in 2008 and over 300 in 2009. Most of the DePuy ASR complications involve situations where individuals require additional surgery to replace the defective hip implants.

Individuals who have received a DePuy ASR hip have been advised to contact their orthopaedic surgeon for an evaluation of the implant to determine whether they may be experiencing problems.

The DePuy ASR hip lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are providing free consultations and claim evaluations for individuals who received the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System or DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System who have experienced:

  • Unexplained hip pain
  • Loosening of their hip implant
  • Failure of the hip replacement
  • Additional hip surgery to revise their implant

Compensation may be available through a Johnson & Johnson DePuy ASR hip lawsuit as a result of the negligent design of this device and failure to warn about the risk of problems or issue an ASR hip recall earlier. All cases are reviewed on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no DePuy ASR recall attorney fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained.

To review a potential case for yourself, a friend or family member, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.

7 Comments • Add Your Comments

  • james says:

    I had Hip replacement surgery June 2008, and the DePuy ASR product was installed in my right hip. I have had serious problems with my hip, increased pain, swelling, “cracking/grinding” noise from the hip. The has gone on well over a year. I am not able to walk without the use of a 4 prong cane. My quality of life has suffered.

    Posted on September 24, 2010 at 12:10 am

  • JANET says:

    Ever since my sister received her DePuy hip replacement 3 years ago, she has complained to me that her hip keeps popping out and it takes some manuvering to get it back in so she can walk!! She has told her Doctor from the Hip replacement date that something is wrong! He denies it..he minimizes that she has a problem. My sister even falls more now. She had talked to a person about the lawsuit..but she doesnt qualify because it is not the ASR brand.

    Posted on November 3, 2010 at 4:55 pm

  • Jill says:

    I’m 44 yrs old and have both of my hips done with this faulty metal on metal DePuy system. One was done in 2006 and the other in 2008.
    I’ve experienced grinding, popping and severe pain. All of which I’ve told my Dr with no mention from him that there could be a problem.
    Just the other day I received certified mail from my Dr informing me that I fall into the unfortunate catagory as a petite smaller women that does in fact have both hips from DePuy. Just the thought of having to go through all of this again has brought me to my boiling point. Looking down thr road I have to worry about my family, my job and my health. What I’m goint to lose and suffer from this is has sent me into panic and anxioty.

    Posted on November 14, 2010 at 11:49 am

  • Lynne says:

    I had a left hip replacement October 8, 2009 and had 2 hip displacements within 3 weeks on that same hip. On October 28, 2009 I had another hip replacement and a bone cracked during surgery making me unable to walk and put any weight on that leg for 6 wks. I then had to go to John Knox for care until Medicare wouldn’t pay any more because I couldn’t make any more improvement. I then had to stay at my daughter’s house for another 3 wks. I had additional pain on the upper part of my leg and finally just found out they had put a screw there to hold the replacement!

    Posted on November 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm

  • Chris says:

    I am a father who is unable to take the time off that is required to take care of this. I am wondering if anyone has been compinsated for there ordeal, and if so how long did it take?

    Posted on November 29, 2010 at 9:51 pm

  • jaise says:

    Definitely those who are in the position to be held liable on this should pay whatever it takes for letting faulty hip implants to penetrate into the medical field.

    Posted on September 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm

  • Simon says:

    I had my first hip replacement reugsry March 2009 (left side) my second on the right side August/September 2009,approximately 6 months ago i noticed pain in left hip and groin area and the left hip began squeaking,The pain is worsening and squeaking louder and more often,I can no longer walk any distance without pain,My worse fear is I feel my right hip is heading the same way. I would be interested in any information concerning stryker ceramic hip recall and concerning class action for Australian citizens, I cannot understand why I have to pay to fix a manufacturers stuff up and also go through the pain and suffering

    Posted on March 30, 2012 at 1:27 am

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