The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System first became available in the United States in 2005. These metal-on-metal hips were marketed as being more durable than ceramic or plastic models. The FDA has received approximately 400 complaints from patients who received ASR hip replacements since 2008, and nearly 12% of patients needed revision surgery. DePuy issued a recall of the Depuy ASR XI in August 2010, which included 93,000 implants worldwide, after data concluded that the five year failure rate of this product is 1 out of 8 patients.
Side effects noted from the DePuy hip replacement include:
- Necrosis (premature death of body tissue) or soft tissue damage due to exposure to metal particles due to wear of implant
- Blood tests that show high levels of chromium and cobalt caused by metal debris
- Clicking, popping or grinding in the area of the hip replacement
- Device failure from loosening – a result from bone loss
- Dislocation – two parts of the implant move against one another and become misaligned
- Fracture – bone around the implant breaking
- Loosening in the hip joint – implant fails to stay attached to the bone in the correct position
- Metal debris – metal shavings that spread around the area surrounding the implant and destroy soft bone and tissue due to parts moving against one another
- Discomfort in the hip causing pain or swelling with walking
It was reported on January 22, 2013, by The New York Times that Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer, found that the device could potentially fail in nearly 40% of implanted patients.
On May 17, 2013, Johnson & Johnson announced its plans to stop selling some of its metal-on-metal hip devices. This move follows the filing of nearly 11,000 lawsuits over the company’s now recalled Depuy implant.
If you have experienced pain, injury or have had to endure a replacement surgery due to the malfunction of a DePuy hip replacement, you may be entitled to collect damages. Fill out our free case evaluation form to see if you are eligible for a potential lawsuit. An experienced attorney at Morris Bart will assist you in the evaluation process. Initial consultations are FREE. Click here to see more about our office locations throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. Call us at 1-800-537-8185 today.