DePuy Orthopaedics has initiated a recall of two popular hip replacement systems, after data showed the implants have a significantly higher failure rate than other hip replacement models.
The two specific models subject to the recall are the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System total hip replacement and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. These hip replacements first became available in 2003.
One of the main complications associated with the recalled hip replacements is the loosening of the implants within the body. The hip replacements are made of metal components intended to mimic the movement of the hip joint and restore natural movement to the body. However, when a hip replacement loosens from its original location, patients frequently experience pain, limping and limited mobility. Many of these patients ultimately need to undergo a second hip replacement surgery because of these symptoms.
Another complication associated with the recalled DePuy hip replacements is the accumulation of excessive amounts of metal debris in the body. When the components of the metal-on-metal hip replacements rub against each other, friction generates microscopic metal particles, which are then released into other areas of the body. These particles can build-up over time and cause serious allergic reactions in some patients.
These complications have caused DePuy hip replacements to fail at a much higher rate than other hip replacement models. Recently-released data showed that approximately 12 to 13 percent of patients who received one of the recalled hip implants needed a replacement surgery after just five years.
If you or a loved one has been affected by the DePuy hip replacement recall, you may be or have already been contacted by DePuy Orthopaedics and/or Johnson & Johnson about the possibility of obtaining compensation to cover medical expenses caused by a faulty implant. Patients are advised to speak with a lawyer before signing any paperwork provided by the company, as this paperwork may contain a waiver which can preclude patients from receiving enough compensation to cover the entirety of losses sustained due to a defective hip replacement.