In August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics announced a recall of the ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, used in approximately 93,000 hip surgeries worldwide since 2003. It has since been estimated that as many as 12,000 patients who received the DePuy ASR hip systems will need to undergo a painful and expensive second hip replacement surgery and possibly receive treatment for heavy metal toxicity.
Hundreds of patients are now contacting lawyers to file a lawsuit against DePuy Orthopaedics in the wake of ASR hip replacement problems, as many patients have experienced severe pain or hip failure soon after the initial surgery. Please fill out the form on this page to learn more about your legal rights and ensure that you receive compensation for your suffering.
Patients who have already received paperwork from DePuy and/or Johnson & Johnson regarding the recall are advised to speak with a lawyer prior to signing any documents, as they may be signing a waiver which prevents them from seeking compensation from the companies should complications arise in the future.
While DePuy initially claimed that the ASR hip systems would be phased out due to low sales figures, recent investigative reports indicate that the devices are linked to a higher-than-normal failure rate, requiring additional, painful hip replacement surgeries in 12-13 percent of patients.
According to a New York Times report, some medical experts believe that the DePuy ASR recalls should have been issued much earlier, as a possible design defect makes the device difficult for doctors to implant properly. The metal-on-metal friction associated with the devices has been shown to create heavy metal debris, which can lead to rashes, nerve damage, and other serious complications in areas of the body other than just the hip.
DePuy may have known about the ASR hip complications as long ago as 2007, when the devices were removed from the Australian market, according to some reports. Patients who have had a total hip replacement since 2003 and are experiencing pain should contact a lawyer as soon as possible to discuss a possible case.