Problems with DePuy Hip Implants

Are you having problems with your hip implant? If so, you should check with your doctor to find out if you have a recalled system made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson. The company recalled the ASR™ XL Acetabular System (sold worldwide) and the ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System (sold only outside the U.S.) in August 2010 because the systems were failing at a high rate.

Problems with the hip implants include severe pain, loosening of the hip implant and implant failures. Patients that experience problems with their hip implant will likely need surgery to fix the problem. A second surgery is called revision surgery. The recovery time is usually much longer the second time around, especially for older patients.


DePuy started getting complaints of problems with the ASR™ XL Acetabular System shortly after it became available. Each year, the number of complaints grew. Reportedly, the company received:

  • About 100 complaints in 2007
  • More than 200 in 2008
  • More than 300 in 2009
  • In 2010, DePuy issued a recall

At the time of the recall, DePuy said the failure rate was approximately 12 percent in patients that received the ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System and 13 percent in patients that received the ASR™ XL Acetabular System after 5 years.

New data from the British Hip Society and the British Orthopedic Association suggest a much higher failure rate. According to data from four surgeons in the U.K., the failure rate is 49 percent after 6 years. That is four times what DePuy said.

DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuits

Hundreds of patients that have experienced problems with their hip implants have filed lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson's DePuy unit. Plaintiffs are seeking compensation for the revision surgery, lost wages and pain and suffering.

More than 90,000 systems have been implanted worldwide. The recall could cost the company billions of dollars. Last year, DePuy brought in $5.59 billion in sales. The unit is also responsible for spinal-care.

Contact a Hip Implant Lawyer

If you or a loved one has experienced problems with a DePuy hip implant, an attorney may be able to help you recover financial compensation. To schedule a free evaluation with a defective hip implant lawyer, contact us today.

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