In 2010, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy Orthopaedics issued a recall of two hip replacement products: ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System due to high failure rates of the artificial joint.
Within five years of receiving the implant, one in eight patients required revision surgery to correct pain, difficulty walking and other side effects from the faulty device. The ASR XL has been available since 2004, and ASR Hip Resurfacing System has been on the market outside the United States since 2003. Both products have since been removed from use in hospitals.
DePuy is currently facing thousands of lawsuits because of the hip implant recall. Approximately 93,000 individuals received a DePuy hip replacement device. If you or a loved one were one of these patients and you are experiencing side effects and symptoms of conditions related to the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System or the ASR KL Acetabular System, contact Simien & Simien for a free review of your claim today.
Signs & Symptoms of a Failing DePuy Hip Implant
If your hip implant has been recalled, contact your orthopedic surgeon. In 2005 when the devices became available for use in the US, Johnson & Johnson had received special clearance from the FDA without performing the necessary clinical trials. Because of this, the safety of the products was never actually determined.
The metal-on-metal implant device can leave behind tiny poisonous fragments even after a revision surgery has been completed. DePuy noted that component loosening and misalignment were among the reasons for the devices’ failure; infection, dislocation, and pain were cited as results.
If you experienced any of the following symptoms after receiving a DePuy hip implant, contact your doctor immediately:
- Pain at implant site
- Difficulty walking
- Loose hip joint
- Skin rash
Complications from device failure include nerve and muscle damage, metal ion sensitivity, bone staining, necrosis, swelling, tissue damage and death. It is crucial to monitor any symptoms you believe to be the result of a failing hip implant.
You may be eligible for compensation from a DePuy lawsuit if you or someone you love received a faulty implant. Seek a competent law firm for a consultation and to discuss the details of your claim. Don’t suffer with pain and medical bills silently—reach out for legal help today.
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