A recent recall of DePuy Orthopedics, Inc.’s Sr XL Acetabular Hip Replacement and ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems products could impact the approximately 93,000 people that have been implanted with one of these medical devices. The recall was announced after the National Joint Registry reported that 1 out 8 patients that had undergone a hip replacement procedure with one of these DePuy products had to go through another procedure within five years.
FDA Adverse Event Reports notes that in just the last two years, the regulatory agency has received over 400 reports involving the DePuy ASR products. The issues appear to be caused by design defects that can result in hip failure or other complications, including bone fractures, dislocation of the implant parts, or the loosening of the hip implant. The metal particles from the implant can also shed into the body, causing other health issues, including bone and tissue damage.
Signs that you may be experiencing problems with your DePuy ASR hip replacement include:
• Hip swelling • Hip pain • Difficulties walking
Learning to use any kind of hip replacement product is challenging enough without compounding any difficulties with further problems that could result in a second surgery or other health issues. Many patients that use a DePuy hip replacement device are older and may be suffering from other health issues, which makes them more vulnerable to complications anytime they have to undergo surgery. Already, there are plaintiffs seeking products liability compensation for their DePuy hip replacement injuries. DePuy Orthopedics is owned by Johnson & Johnson.
You may have a Boston products liability case on your hands
DePuy Orthopaedics Voluntarily Recalls ASR(TM) Hip System, Johnson & Johnson, August 26, 2010