DePuy Orthopaedics recently issued a worldwide recall of its ASRTM XL Acetabular Hip System and ASRTM Hip Resurfacing System. The ASR products DePuy recalled are metal-on-metal (MoM) hip replacement devices. The ASR devices have been on the market since 2003, and more than 93,000 patients are potentially affected by the recall.
Hip replacement surgery is one of the most common surgeries in the U.S.; and younger, more active individuals are now frequently having one or both hips replaced. MoM hip implants were popular because they were supposed to be more durable than other types of implants. However, recent studies have shown that friction between the metal parts creates high volumes of metallic debris that is absorbed into the patient’s body. The debris can cause severe inflammatory responses in some patients, damaging muscles and other soft tissues and requiring a follow-up operation called a revision surgery to replace the device. While artificial hips are supposed to last 15 years or longer, many patients who had major hip surgery to receive MoM hips just a few years ago have already had, or will soon need painful revision surgery. DePuy’s data shows that within five years after implantation, approximately 12% of patients (one in eight) who had received the ASR resurfacing device and 13% of patients (one in eight) who had received the ASR total hip replacement needed to have a second hip replacement (revision) surgery.
How can I tell if I have a recalled hip device?
Contact your orthopedic surgeon to determine if your hip implant has been recalled. If you don’t know who performed your hip replacement surgery, consult your primary care physician or the hospital where the surgery took place.
If you received a DePuy ASRTM XL Acetabular Hip System or DePuy ASRTM Hip Resurfacing System and had to have revision surgery, or have been told by your orthopedic doctor that you need to have revision surgery, contact Slack Davis Sanger for a free legal consultation. At Slack Davis Sanger, our ability to screen and investigate complex cases involving harmful medical devices sets us apart from other personal injury firms and gives our clients tremendous leverage against tough corporate adversaries like DePuy Orthopaedics. Our full-time, on-site legal nurse consultant provides patient-care expertise, allowing our attorneys to view the case from many different perspectives. Because we work on a contingent-fee basis in plaintiffs’ personal injury claims, our advocacy is available to all. We invite you to contact Slack Davis Sanger’ DePuy Hip Implant Recall Lawyers to learn more.
Sources: The New York Times, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons