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De Puy Hip Replacement System Failures

In August 2010, De Puy, the manufacturer of orthopedic medical devices and a division of Johnson and Johnson Services, initiated a voluntary recall of its ASR™ hip replacement system. Read about it from the source here.

In its recall, the manufacturer notes that "[n]ew data shows that five years after implantation, approximately 12% of patients (1 in 8) who had received the ASR resurfacing device and 13% of patients (1 in 8) who had received the ASR total hip replacement needed to have a revision surgery." Revision surgery requires the patient to undergo another painful surgery and could lead to further complications following the surgery.

The Product

The ASR system was marketed as a hip replacement device for younger and more active patients. The ASR devices include the DePuy Orthopaedics ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip Replacement System or ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System. While the latter is only approved outside the United States, the XL System is approved for use throughtout the world.

Potential Warning Signs and Side Effects

Symptoms and conditions that may be linked to the failure of your hip replacement system include:

  • Hip or leg pain, especially when walking, standing or carrying heavy objects,
  • Loosening of the implant,
  • Failure of the implant, and
  • Revision of the implant requiring additional surgery.

If you or a loved one has experienced abnormal pain or hip replacement revision surgery after the use of the ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement System or ASR Hip Resurfacing System, you should contact an experienced hip replacement lawyer. Mike Sudekum and his law firm Mandel & Mandel, LLP are currently reviewing claims of individual patients who suffered injuires or required revision surgeries following the implantation of the ASR hip replacement system.