On August 26, 2010, DePuy Orthopedics, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, announced the worldwide recall of hip replacement systems, including the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetabular system. Recipients of DePuy hip replacement systems could possibly require a second hip replacement procedure. According to DePuy, there are 93,000 recalled devices implanted worldwide since 2003.
Devices that fail result in a painful revision surgery that can require months of recuperation.
Call us if your hip implant has caused you:
- Hip Pain
- Swelling and problems walking
- Loosening of the hip joint
- Metallosis, a toxic condition caused by the implant releasing cobalt and chromium in small amounts into the bloodstream
- Swelling around the hip
- Tumors at the site of the implant
- Flu-like symptoms, chronic fatigue and rashes or other skin conditions
The DePuy implants also pose additional serious health threats to those that have received them. Health care professionals have increasingly warned that metal on metal hip implants, such as the DePuy implant, can release metal particles in the body. These particles can damage soft tissue, cause inflammatory reactions and lead to bone loss. Patients may also experience Metallosis, a toxic condition caused by the implant releasing cobalt and chromium in small amounts to the bloodstream.
A recent report by the New York Times stated that some medical experts believed the DePuy hip implant recall was not issued soon enough. The report claims the implant failures are linked to a design problem that makes the devices difficult to implant.
Patients who have received a hip implant since 2003 should seek legal advice before signing any medical waivers in order to protect their rights.
If you or a loved one received a hip replacement after 2003, you may be entitled to legal compensation. Contact the Johnson Law Group today for a free consultation.