Drug Injury Law Group, LP
DePuy Replacement Hip Recall
In October 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics announced a DePuy ASR hip recall of the ASR Acetabular Head System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The manufacturer, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, recommends contacting the hospital where your surgery was performed or the surgeon to find out if the hip implant used during your surgery is subject to the DePuy recall.
Johnson & Johnson recalled the replacement hips because the devices can come loose, fracturing the bone around the implant and causing tumors. Your replacement hip meant to relieve pain and give you greater mobility can now be a source of a new, serious medical problems.
The defective and dangerous replacement hips have already been implanted in patients. The recall means that patients who have already undergone one surgical procedure to replace a hip now must undergo a second surgery known as a “revision”. But even if the defective device is replaced, it can leave behind dangerous, possibly deadly metal fragments that might not be discovered for years.
It is estimated that 93,000 patients have received an ASR Hip Replacement System that is part of the DePuy ASR recall 2010 notice. The latest data reveals that five years after hip replacement surgery, approximately 13% of patients who had received the ASR total hip replacement and 12% of patients who received the ASR resurfacing device needed to have a revision surgery.
How do you know if your device is dangerous?
Two devices are being recalled: the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System. Each of these metal units replaces a worn or weakened part of the hip, which consists of a socket and a rounded bone that fits into that socket like a ball. Total hip replacement involves replacing both parts at once. The defective replacement hip units have been recalled because one in eight patients requires a second invasive procedure to correct the first one. The replacement hips just don’t fit the way they’re supposed to. Many orthopedic doctors believe that the units were poorly designed.
The manufacturer does not maintain a list of patients who received an ASR Hip that is part of the DePuy ASR recall. It is recommended that patients contact their surgeon or the hospital where the hip surgery took place to find out whether a DePuy hip replacement was implanted. There are many different types of implants and understandably, many patients do not know which type of hip device was used during their surgery.
Recalled Hip Implant Could be Very Dangerous
Doctors have determined that some defective ASR hip units are actually deteriorating and depositing flakes of metal into patients’ bloodstreams. In addition, some recipients of ASR replacement hip units have developed pseudotumors, which are soft tissue masses resulting from adverse reactions to toxic metal debris. Even if a recipient has not experienced pain, swelling, or difficulty walking, they might still be in serious danger without realizing it. Other reported symptoms include elevated chromium and cobalt levels in the blood, dislocation or loosening of the implant, and clicking, popping, and grinding of the implant.