DePuy Hip Replacement Side Effects

In August 2010, the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System total hip replacement and ASR Hip Resurfacing System were recalled by DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson. The company recalled the hip devices, citing a higher-than-normal rate of failure. The devices have also been associated with side effects so severe that one in eight patients were shown to require a second hip replacement within five years, according to a UK study.

DePuy Orthopedics voluntarily recalled the ASR XL acetabular and ASR hip resurfacing systems after data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales found that a corrective hip surgery may be required in 13 percent of patients with an ASR XL system and 12 percent of patients with the ASR resurfacing system. The standard failure rate for hip implants is typically 6 to 7 percent within the first five years of implantation.

Approximately 93,000 hip replacements were conducted in patients since the hip devices became available in 2003. Patients may need to undergo medical scans or blood tests to determine if corrective hip replacement surgery is needed or if they were fitted with a faulty product.

Many patients who received the DePuy ASR devices are contacting a lawyer to learn about their legal options. By filling out the form on this page, you will receive information about the lawsuits currently filed against DePuy Orthopaedics. Additional information regarding compensation for current or future medical expenses associated with the hip implant will also be provided. 

Side Effects of a Defective Hip Implant

Common side effects of a defective hip implant include:

  • Prolonged swelling
  • Prolonged trouble walking
  • Implant does not stay attached to bone, loosens from bone
  • Bone fracturing around replacement site
  • Dislocation of implant causing pain and dysfunction

The often painful side effects associated with the DePuy hip devices can require expensive follow-up surgeries to replace the implants.

Patients may experience loosening of the hip implant within the body, which may result in limping and difficulty walking. This often causes the patient to transfer too much weight to the other hip or joints, resulting in additional pain and possible joint or bone failure. Unfortunately, each additional surgery typically has a shorter life span than the previous replacement surgery.

Additionally, the DePuy ASR devices are associated with a condition known as "metallosis." Patients with "metallosis" may experience rashes and nerve damage. This condition may occur when the metal-on-metal movement of the implant causes friction and releases higher, potentially dangerous levels of chromium and cobalt ions into the body.