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.
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.