DePuy Orthopedics Inc. manufactures products used in the process of hip
replacement and hip resurfacing. In August of 2010, the company - which
is a division of Johnson & Johnson - recalled two of its products: the
ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, of which it sold more than 93,000 units worldwide. The recall came after
years of complaints from doctors and patients regarding the early failure
of the product.
The ASR XL Acetabular System is a hip socket that is frequently used in hip replacement surgeries across the United States.
The ASR Hip Resurfacing System covers the ball of the femur with a metal cap, and then replaces the hip socket with a metal cup. This product has only been sold and used outside of the United States.
Another DePuy product, the Pinnacle Acetabular Cup System, also uses this flawed metal-on-metal design and has experienced similar failure issues.
DePuy hip replacement products use a "metal-on-metal" implant device, which many experts believe has a higher risk of generating metal debris. This debris can cause inflammation and other symptoms that are painful and may require surgery to repair. In some cases, the implant must be removed or replaced entirely.
In 2009, DePuy discontinued sales of these products, and later on advised doctors to discontinue implanting these devices. Implant failure had resulted in more cases of severe pain and difficulty walking. These implants were designed to last 15 years, but 12 to 13 percent of patients require a painful revision surgery within five years of implantation.
Lawrence Gornick of Kaiser Gornick LLP appointed to Plaintiff's Steering Committee for DePuy Orthopedics ASR Hip Implants. Read More.
If you have experienced the early failure of a DePuy hip replacement device, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills and other expenses. Contact the San Francisco Bay Area office of Kaiser Gornick LLP.