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What should I do if I may have a recalled DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip system?

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If you are concerned that you may have a recalled metal-on-metal hip implant manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, contact your surgeon to confirm whether a DePuy ASR Hip System was used during your hip replacement surgery. The DePuy ASR hip recall lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. can also help determine whether your metal hip implant has been recalled.

Please note that the lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are no longer taking on new cases involving DePuy ASR Hip Replacements. The content on this page is provided for informational purposes only.

In August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics recalled 93,000 DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems and DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Systems. The recall was issued after the subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson acknowledged that the failure rate with DePuy ASR metal hip replacement systems was about 1 out of every 8 patients within five years (12% with the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System and 13% with the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System).

In September 2011, more recent data from a British joint registry indicated that recalled DePuy ASR hip systems are failing in nearly 30% of patients within six years after surgery.

The DePuy ASR is a metal hip replacement system that replaces the ball-and-socket hip joints. Most hip replacements involve plastic or ceramic surfaces, so if an “all-metal” hip implant or “metal-on-metal” hip replacement manufactured by Johnson & Johnson or DePuy (pronounced DePew) was used, it is possible that you may have a recalled ASR hip implant.

Problems from DePuy ASR hip replacements typically start with symptoms such as:

  • Hip Pain
  • Hip Swelling
  • Problems Walking

These symptoms could be signs of a more serious issue with the recalled DePuy ASR hip, such as:

  • Loosening of the hip implant, where it does not stay attached to the bone in the correct position
  • Fracture of the bone around the implant
  • Dislocation of the hip implant

Individuals who received one of the recalled hip replacements have been advised to schedule an appointment with their surgeon even if they are not currently experiencing problems so that they may evaluate how the ASR hip is functioning. Tests that may be performed to determine if the DePuy ASR metal hip is working as it is supposed after the recall could include:

  • X-Rays of the hip
  • Blood tests to determine whether the ASR hip may be causing high levels of microscopic metal particles around the hip
  • Ultrasound
  • MRI

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The lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are pursuing potential Johnson & Johnson DePuy ASR hip replacement recall lawsuits for individuals throughout the United States who have been impacted by the defective design of this artificial metal hip implant.

All cases are reviewed by our DePuy ASR attorneys under a contingency fee, which means that there are no fees or expenses unless you receive a recovery. After determining whether you may be entitled to compensation as a result of the DePuy ASR hip replacement recall, it is your decision whether to hire our law firm to pursue a product liability lawsuit on your behalf.

New cases are no longer being accepted by Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. This page is maintained for informational purposes only.

Austin Kirk

Last Updated September 17, 2011
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