DePuy Hip Replacements

In August, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics recalled two of its ASR hip replacement products. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had been receiving reports of serious problems with the implants since early 2008, and by the time the recall was issued about 93,000 of the defective units had been placed in patients. In August, 2012, the FDA requested that DePuy recall the unused units of its line of custom implants, including hip implants.

DePuy Hip Implant Injuries

DePuy’ ASR hip replacement systems were recalled because the implants were failing and causing serious and potentially fatal health problems in patients. At the very least, patients with failing implants must undergo dangerous revision surgery to replace the implant. The damage from a failed implant can be so bad that revision surgery is not possible. DePuy hip implant injuries can include:

  • Permanent damage to the surrounding tissue and bone
  • Loss of use of the leg
  • Amputation
  • Metallosis
  • Metal poisoning
  • Death

Hip Implant Recall

The DePuy hip implants recalled in 2010 are:

  • ASR XL Acetabular System
  • ASR Hip Resurfacing System

The ASR Hip Resurfacing System was not approved for use in the U.S. but it used in clinical trials here and has been used in other countries.

If you have a recalled implant it may need to be replaced even if you are not experiencing symptoms. Your doctor can perform a blood test to check for metal in your bloodstream which is a sign that the implant is failing and causing damage. The longer a failing hip implant is in place, the more damage it does to the surrounding tissue, making irreparable damage more likely.

Metal-on-Metal

The problem with the recalled DePuy ASR hip implants is the metal-on-metal design. The metal parts rub together, creating a small amount of metal debris even when they are functioning properly. When they malfunction they release a large amount of metal into your system.

This metal debris damages the surrounding tissue, in a condition called metallosis, and causes pain and inflammation. It can even cause tissue death. The metal can get into your blood stream and spread throughout your body causing metal poisoning.

Symptoms of Defective Hip Implant

Signs that your hip implant is failing include:

  • Lack of flexibility
  • Reduced range of motion
  • Difficulty walking
  • Clicking sound
  • Grinding sound or feeling
  • General discomfort
  • Pain in the hip, thigh, or groin
  • Swelling
  • Elevated cobalt or chromium levels in the blood

If you have been injured by a defective DePuy hip implant, please talk to a DePuy hip replacement injury lawyer in your area right away. You may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and more.