The DePuy Hip Recall
The DePuy Hip Recall of the DePuy ASR Hip Replacement was announced August 26, 2010 by DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc due to an extremely high failure rate, which may have caused thousands of patients to experience pain and require a revision surgery for a second hip replacement.
If you have recently had a hip replacement with a DePuy hip device, you may be entitled to compensation. You do not need to have symptoms to have a claim. However, some symptoms may include:
- Revision Surgery
- Prolonged Hip Pain
- Problems walking
You may also have a case if you had a hip replacement with a different brand of hip components such as Stryker, Zimmer, and Biomet and you had revision surgery.
Why is DePuy recalling thousands of hip replacement devices?
DePuy is recalling the ASR™ XL Acetabular Head System and DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System. These systems first became available in July 2003 according to DePuy.
New research shows that five years after implantation, approximately 1 out of every 8 patients (12%-13%) who had received the ASR resurfacing device or the ASR total hip replacement needed to have a revision surgery. 93,000 of the devices were sold for implant in hip patients. Although all devices have a high failure rate, DePuy noted that devices with head sizes smaller than 50 mm in diameter, and those implanted in female patients, were most likely to fail.
The DePuy ASR is a metal-on-metal hip replacement system and many patients have complications due to metal particles wearing off of the ball and socket components as they rub against each other over time. This causes fluid to collect in the joint and the muscles around the joint causing damage to the muscles, bones and nerves around the hip. Your doctor should be able to run tests to determine if this is the cause of your discomfort.
What to do if you had a DePuy ASR hip device?
DePuy has recommended that patients with an ASR hip device see their surgeons for an evaluation, even if the hip implant does not seem to be causing a problem.
Symptoms include pain, swelling, or difficulty walking. If these symptoms return after the usual healing period, or do not go away at all, this may be a sign of a problem with your hip replacement and you should consult with your doctor immediately.
DePuy indicates that it intends to cover reasonable costs and treatment due to the defective hip replacement. However, it is best to contact an attorney prior to accepting any compensation to make sure your rights are protected and that you receive all of the benefits and money you may be entitled to.
Complications with a DePuy hip replacement?
If you or any member of your family has experienced negative side effects from a De Puy hip implant, then please contact us right away at 303-996-9824.
All of our Colorado DePuy Hip attorneys work on a contigency basis, which means you will pay no up front out-of-pocket money.