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In August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics issued a voluntary recall of its ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System and DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System.Nearly 93,000 ASR hip implants were recalled worldwide.
The DePuy ASR Hip System first became available in July 2003. Although Johnson & Johnson claimed the new metal-on-metal implants would last twenty years and provide a greater range of motion, nearly 12% of the DePuy ASR hip implants failed within five years.
Metal-on-metal implants account for approximately one-third of the 250,000 replacements performed each year.
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.
If you’re uncertain as to which hip implant you received, contact your surgeon or look through your medical records. If you received one of the recalled hip systems, you may be entitled to financial compensation. After a 2015 lawsuit, DePuy Orthopedics was ordered to pay the plaintiff $2.5 million.
If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of a defective hip implant, you are urged to contact the Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Attorneys of Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.