Hip Replacement Recall
DePuy Orthopaedics, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, issued a world-wide recall of hip replacement systems on August 26, 2010. The recall includes two products:
- ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System and
- ASR™ XL Acetabular System
Data shows that DePuy hip system recipients are in need of a second hip replacement procedure at higher-than-expected rates. Replacement procedures are normally only required when an artificial joint causes pain or difficulty in walking. Per DePuy, there are approximately 93,000 of these devices implanted worldwide since they were introduced in July, 2003.
Johnson & Johnson Recalls
Johnson & Johnson, the world's largest maker of health care products with sales of $61.9 billion in 2009, has just recalled its 11th product since September, 2009.
On August 19, the FDA issued a warning to DePuy for two other products including the Corail® Hip System.
1 in 8 Patients Currently With The Implants Need Revision Surgery
Approximately 400 US patient complaints related to the XL Acetabular System have been submitted to the FDA.
Using the generally accepted standards for this product type, no more than 1 in 20 patients should have a revision within five years. Data shows that five years after implantation, about 12% of patients who had received the ASR™ resurfacing device and 13% of patients who had received the ASR™ total hip replacement needed a second surgery. Revision surgeries are usually technically more difficult, may take longer and the recovery is more prolonged.
Patients Complain of Pain and Associated Risks
According to a DePuy spokesperson, pain, swelling and problems walking are among patient complaints. Ultimately, these symptoms can lead to more significant complications, including loosening of the implant, fracture of the hip bone and dislocation of the implant.
Compensation For Patients
If you have received an ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System or ASR™ XL Acetabular System and have experienced symptoms related to your DePuy system, you may be entitled to compensation.
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