DePuy Hip Recall
REPRESENTING VICTIMS OF FAULTY METAL-ON-METAL DePUY HIP IMPLANTS
Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy unit has reached a multi-billion dollar settlement regarding their recalled ASR Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement devices. The $2.5 billion settlement only covers patients who underwent replacement surgery (surgery to remove the defective hip replacement). If you received a Johnson & Johnson ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement, you could qualify for this settlement. Contact us immediately for more information. This settlement is time-sensitive.
JOHNSON & JOHNSON KNEW OF HIP IMPLANT FAILURE
Court documents indicate that Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy unit, maker of the recalled ASR metal-on-metal hip implants, knew of the device’s 40 percent failure rate in 2011, even as the company publicly downplayed similar findings from outside studies.
The implant has already failed in thousands of patients and is likely to fail in thousands more, new evidence suggests.
The recalled devices are the ASR XL Acetabular System, which is the cup portion of a replacement hip joint, and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, a partial hip replacement that involves placing a metal cap on the ball of the hip bone or femur. This recall includes all components of these devices.
Injuries associated with the ASR hip implant include:
- Problems walking
- Loosening of the implant
- Hip fractures
- Implant dislocation
Because of the intense pain and other symptoms, many patients may be required to receive a second hip replacement surgery called a revision surgery.
METAL-ON-METAL HIP IMPLANTS PRONE TO FAILURE
DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip implants have been found to fail at a high rate, requiring patients to have the device removed and replaced in a hip revision surgery. The statistical studies and reports to FDA indicating the high failure rate of the DePuy ASR have been known for years. Patients in the United States have had to undergo additional hip revision surgery due to the failure of the DePuy ASR hip implant, according to hundreds of reports made to the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System.
HIP IMPLANT MAY RELEASE METAL INTO BODY
The metal ion levels of cobalt and chromium have been found to be significantly elevated in some patients with the ASR. Accordingly to recently published reports, the ASR implants design may result in greater wear and metal ion release in some patients than other available hip implants. Surgeons performing revision surgeries on patients with ASR cups due to the cup loosening have noted visual evidence of metallosis, metal staining on the surround soft tissue, black tissue, and pseudo tumors around the prostheses. Adverse reactions to metal debris have been found to be associated with hip implant failure.
Patients who have had a hip replacement since 2003 and are experiencing pain are urged to contact their orthopedic surgeons or the hospital where their hip surgery took place to find out if the DePuy ASR hip was used in their hip replacement surgery.
CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED TEXAS DEFECTIVE HIP IMPLANT LAWYER
If you or a loved one have suffered injuries or illnesses due to a defective metal-on-metal hip replacement, call Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys immediately. Our medical device attorneys are experienced in handling defective hip implant cases and will provide you with a free case review. You may be entitled to compensation for your hip replacement removal and additional procedures, but the settlement is time-sensitive. Let our lawyers evaluate your claim today.