On March 6, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics sent a letter to doctors warning that this particular ASR model of DePuy hip implants (a metal on metal system), appears to have had a high early failure rate in some patients. On August 24, 2010, the DePuy ASR hip system (including the ASR XL Acetabular System) was recalled due to the increased risk of failure of the hip implant.
Prior to recall, the DePuy ASR hip system was implanted in over 93,000 patients worldwide.
The FDA has stated that they have received reports indicating the DePuy ASR hip system was associated with severe medical problems, such as “loosening, pseudotumour and metallosis.” Metallosis is what occurs when the metal ball in the hip system rubs against the metal cup, releasing metal shavings of cobalt and chromium into the patient’s system. This results in tissue necrosis and osteolysis.
DePuy has long since begun paying surgeons to assist them in getting patients to sign documents for DePuy that allows DePuy to keep the explanted hip implant and to do “testing” on it. The explanted device is a valuable piece of evidence, and a patient may not be able to prove a product defect case without the explanted hip device. Patients should be wary of this and not jeopardize their current and future legal rights by signing any documents for DePuy without obtaining independent legal advice.
What Were the Complications of the DePuy ASR Hip Implant Systems?
The DePuy ASR & DePuy ABG II® hip replacement system caused issues up to and including:
- Metallosis / Metal Poisoning of the Blood
- Swelling & Inflammation of Surrounding Tissues
- Balance & Gait Issues
- Serious Pain in the Patient’s Hip
- Revision Surgery as a Result of the Defective Hip
- Replacement as a Result of Premature Device Failure
Further medical problems included severe complications. Some patients were reported to have absorption of metal debris into their bloodstream through soft tissues. This caused problems such as, but not limited to, the following:
- Severe Inflammation
- Mental Confusion
- Muscle & Joint Pain
- Food Allergies / Intolerances
- Short-Term Memory Loss
- Vision Problems
- Gastrointestinal Upsets
- Chronic Fatigue
- and more
Apart from that were the woes brought about by a second or revision surgery. This is problematic because many orthopedic surgeons will attest that a second or revision hip surgery is often not as effective as the original attempt. This is especially dangerous when you’re dealing with elderly and immune-compromised patients. The rehabilitation and recovery process is also much more difficult and lengthy the second time, which only adds to the patients’ already severe complications.
Have you been injured by the DePuy ASR® hip system? Our firm can help!
According to lawsuits, DePuy had known about the high rates of failure and metal toxicity long before the recall was initiated. Yet, they either failed or refrained from warning the patients about the complications caused by their hip replacement product. A substantial amount of lawsuits followed—and more are still expected. If you are one of the unfortunate patients who had a DePuy hip implant surgery with DePuy’s ASR XL®, Rejuvenate®, or any other hip implant device, you may be entitled to compensation.
The personal injury attorneys at the McGartland Law Firm have decades of experience representing patients who were negatively impacted and injured due to a defective medical device. Call us immediately for a free case evaluation. We may find cause to file suit to get you the just compensation you deserve as a result of your injuries! Contact us today to take the first step toward recovery.