ASR Hip Replacement Failure Rate Prompts Recall, Prompts Lawsuit

Last month we alerted you to the Johnson and Johnson Hip Implant Failure Ratewhich prompted a voluntary recall of the DePuy ASR Hip System, also known as the ASR XL Acetabular System.

Our investigation of the ASR XL hip replacement recall has confirmed that hip replacement patients with this hip replacement implant have experienced problems including as swelling, pain, and difficulty walking. Importantly, the hip replacement device can generate metal debris or particles which dislodge from the implant and travel into the bloodstream of unsuspecting patients who have not experienced any symptoms at all. Continue reading

Advice for Victims of the DePuy ASR Hip Implant Recall

If you received a DePuy ASR hip implantand have experienced pain and problems walking, you may have been implanted with a defective device. In August, Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit recalled the DePuy ASR hip implant because of early failures of the device in some people.

A hip implant should last for 15 years or so. However, recent data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales showed that 1 out of every 8 patients (12%-13%) who had received the recalled devices had to undergo revision surgery within five years of receiving it. That report prompted DePuy to issue a worldwide recall of the ASR XL Acetabular System, a hip socket used in traditional hip replacement, and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, a partial hip replacement that involves placing a metal cap on the ball of the femur. Only the ASR XL Acetabular System was approved for use in the US.Continue reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.

Compensation sought on behalf of all United States citizens who received an ASR™ XL Acetabular System hip replacement.

DENVER and CINCINNATI, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ — Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C., one of the nations’ leading plaintiff litigation law firms, has filed a class action lawsuit in Ohio against DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. on behalf of all United States citizens who received an implant of the ASR XL Acetabular System hip replacement.

On August 24, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), announced a voluntary recall of its ASR™ XL Acetabular System hip replacement, after a report published in Britain revealed an unacceptable failure rate of the device, resulting in revision surgery for 13 percent of patients within five years. Continue reading

Seeger Salvas Warns DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Victims that Recorded Phone Calls Could be Used Against Them

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 06, 2010 /24-7PressRelease/ — After recalling 93,000 hip implants and admitting a shocking 13 percent failure rate, Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics is now blaming victims of the defective hip implants, arguing that they were careless and caused their own injuries. At the same time, an insurance adjuster hired by DePuy may be recording phone calls with patients injured by the defective hip, and DePuy may attempt to use these recordings against the victims. Seeger Salvas LLP, a law firm that represents victims of DePuy’s hip replacement recall, warns patients to be aware that DePuy may record their phone calls and it may try to use these recordings to shift blame for the injuries caused by the defective hip implant. Continue reading

How do I know if I have a recalled knee or hip?

You may have already been notified by your orthopedic surgeon that you have a recalled knee or hip device. If not, contact your orthopedic surgeon or the facility at which  your surgery was performed and ask for the operative report and implant list.

*NOTE: It is better to get the documents yourself than to ask your surgeon if you have a recalled knee or hip device. Many metal-on-metal hips have not technically been recalled, but you still may have a claim. Our attorneys will look over the records and determine whether we can help you recover compensation. See How to order your surgery records.

What symptoms and defects are linked to the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System?

The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System was designed with a shallow cup and a metal-on-metal articulation surface at the ball and cup juncture. Many other systems have a liner inside of the cup that can be switched out. The ASR was a monoblock system, which meant the cup stood by itself and did not hold a liner.

Due to the metal-on-metal structure and the way the cup was designed, the metal wore at an even faster rate than other metal-on-metal hips.

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Although the symptoms related to the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System will differ from person to person. Some of the most severe problems include:

  • Serious pain
  • Necrosis (death) of surrounding tissue
  • Elevated metallic ion levels (chromium and/or cobalt) in bloodstream
  • Inflammation
  • Loosening of the implant, with possible detachment
  • Dislocation of the hip implant
  • Fracture of the bone around the hip implant
  • Difficulty walking

When were DePuy ASR hips implanted?

The Depuy ASR XL Acetabular System first became available in July 2003 and was recalled on August 24, 2010. Anyone who had implant surgery after July 2003 should contact GoldenbergLaw, PLLC to learn about your legal rights and choices. If you had a hip replacement surgery outside of those dates, it is still important to find out what type of hip device you had. There have been many other metal-on-metal hips that are potentially dangerous, and it is a good idea to know what type of device you have for the future. See our question on how to find out what type of hip device you have.

Why has there been a recall?

Data recently received by the company shows that more people than expected who received the ASR Hip System experienced pain and other symptoms that led to a second hip replacement surgery, called a revision surgery. New data shows that five years after implantation, approximately 13% of patients (one in eight) who had received the ASR total hip replacement needed to have revision surgery.

The failure rates have been climbing since then.

What does this recall mean to me?

If you have a DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System, you should contact GoldenbergLaw, PLLC to learn about your legal rights and choices. While Johnson and Johnson may offer to “pay your medical bills,” you may be entitled to additional damages for wages lost, lost earning capacity and the affects this defective product has had on your life and activities of daily living.