DePuy Hip Replacement Recall

DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, issued a voluntary recall of the ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System and the ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System on Aug. 26, 2010. The recalls are based on high failure rates that require revision surgery.

Patients that were implanted with a recalled hip system might require additional testing and monitoring. Patients that received a DePuy hip replacement after 2003 should check with their doctor to find out if their implant is affected by the recall.

The recall doesn't mean that every person with an implant will have problems with their hip replacement system, although a high percentage of patients will be affected. When a hip implant fails, patients will experience:

  • Debilitating hip pain
  • Severe inflammation of surrounding bone and tissue
  • Difficulty walking and standing
  • Loosening of the hip system
  • Clicking sound coming from the joint

DePuy claims that approximately 12 percent of patients (one in eight) with the ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System and 13 percent of patients (one in eight) with the ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System will require revision surgery after 5 years.

New data from the British Orthopaedic Association and the British Hip Society suggests the failure rate is a lot higher than originally reported. The data comes from four surgeons in the U.K. that say their experience shows the failure rate of the hip replacement systems is actually 21 percent after 4 years and 49 percent after 6 years.

Hip Implant Recall Could Cost Billions

The recall could cost Johnson & Johnson billions of dollars. So far, hundreds of affected hip implant patients have filed lawsuits against the company. Some 90,000 systems were sold worldwide prior to the recall.

As of March 2011, the company set aside $922 million to cover litigation costs. More than 100 lawsuits have been consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

Contact a DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Attorney

If you or a loved one has undergone revision surgery for a failed hip implant, you can seek compensation for your pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses. Our DePuy hip replacement recall lawyers are available to investigate lawsuits for affected patients. Contact us today to receive a free case review.

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