A member of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, DePuy Orthopaedics recently announced a worldwide recall of the company's ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, used in more than 90,000 hip replacement surgeries since the devices were introduced in 2003.
The metal-on-metal ASR hip replacement systems affected by the recall were discovered to have a higher-than-normal failure rate when compared to other hip replacement devices. Johnson & Johnson and DePuy, Inc. announced that the two devices would be removed from the market in late August 2010, but many hip replacement recipients have since suffered extensive complications or revision surgeries in order to attempt to correct the damage caused by the defective devices.
An estimated 1 in 8 patients who received the ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement system will require a second hip surgery, known as a revision surgery, to replace the faulty hip implant. Many patients report experiencing severe pain, a loosening of the hip joint, bone fractures, difficulty walking, hip dislocation, and a condition known as metallosis, or the inflammatory reaction to the heavy metal poisoning in the body that may occur in response to metal debris from the hip joint.
Patients who have undergone hip replacement surgery since July 2003 and are experiencing pain or discomfort may be affected by the recall. It is important to contact a hip recall attorney before seeing a doctor or signing any documents, releases, or waivers from either DePuy, Inc. or Johnson & Johnson, as you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering. By signing the form on this page, you will be able to discuss your case with a hip implant lawyer and discuss your legal rights.