De Puy Hip Implants
Johnson and Johnson recalled two kinds of hip implants manufactured by their DePuy Orthopedics unit. The products are identified as the ASR XL Acetabular System, which uses a traditional hip socket replacement method and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System which involves placing a metal cap on the ball of the femur to preserve more bone.
Since 2008 the FDA has received over 400 complaints of the implants failing. This is of enormous concern to the 93,000 people around the world who have been operated on using these implants. In order to replace the devices patients will be forced to undergo a painful and costly operation. It appears that Johnson and Johnson was aware of the defective implants yet continued to sell them to an unaware public.
The most common complaints associated with the De Puy Implants are:
- Sudden hip fracture
- Sudden implant failure
- Clicking or popping
- Implant loosening
- Difficulty standing
- Difficulty walking
Our implant injury lawyers recommend that any person who has undergone a hip replacement surgery utilizing either of the DePuy recalled products to immediately consult with a qualified orthopedic surgeon that specializes in hip replacement surgery for an evaluation and monitoring. It is important to verify that your surgeon is a specialist in hip replacements and not just a general orthopedic.
The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Cup components are part of a system intended to replace the natural surface of the hip in a total hip replacement procedure. The acetabluar cup is designed with a metal alloy called cobalt-chrome-molybdenum (CoCrMo).
The device is prescribed for patients who are undergoing a total hip replacement surgery under specific circumstances:
- Severe painful arthritis or a disabled joint.
- Avascluar necrosis of the femoral head.
- Traumatic frauctures of the femoral head or neck.
- Failed previous hip surgery including internal fixation, arthrodesis, hemiasrhtoplasty.
- Certain cases of anklosis.
The FDA’s recall was based upon post-market surveillance of all DePuy products based upon evaluating data from a variety of sources, including the national joint replacement registries, published medical literature and internal complaint data.
Depuy Orthopeadics is located in Warsaw, Indiana. Our Florida medical device and hip implant law firm are skilled and experienced medical device litigators who help those who have been injured by defective De Puy hip implants.