In August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics issued a voluntary recall of its ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System and DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System. The DePuy ASR Hip System first became available in July 2003.
Nearly 93,000 ASR hip implants were recalled worldwide. Although Johnson & Johnson claimed the new metal-on-metal (MoM) implants would last 20 years and provide a greater range of motion, nearly 12 percent of the DePuy ASR hip implants failed within 5 years.
Patients who have received one of the recalled hip implants will likely require a second surgery to replace the recalled device. The defective medical metal-on-metal devices have been known to cause metallosis, which is a build-up of metal debris in the soft tissues of the body. Metallosis can cause serious pain, limited mobility, failure of the hip joint, tumors and dissolution of the bone.
Metal-on-metal implants account for approximately one-third of the 250,000 replacements performed each year.
If you’re uncertain as to which hip implant you received, you’re urged to contact your surgeon or look through your medical records. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective hip implant, contact WKW and speak with one of the attorneys to discuss your injuries and legal options.
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