Problems with DePuy Hip Replacements

In August 2010, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, DePuy Orthopaedics, issued a worldwide recall of its ASR XL Acetabular System and its ASR Hip Resurfacing System devices. The two products were withdrawn from sale after researchers found that 12-13% of patients who received one of the two devices required surgery in order to correct problems with the hip replacement systems.

Patients who have undergone surgery in order to correct problems with DePuy hip replacements have reported symptoms such as hip pain, hip swelling and problems walking. These symptoms can be caused by a number of possible problems with the device, including:

  • Loosening: the hip implant does not stay in the original position where it was attached to the bone during surgery
  • Fracture: broken bones occurring around the site of the implant
  • Dislocation: two parts of the hip replacement device that move against each other become separated
  • Metal debris: metal pieces from the hip replacement device become loose and spread through the hip area

A total of 93,000 devices were withdrawn as part of the DePuy recall. The manufacturers of these products have advised patients to speak with their doctor—even if they are not currently experiencing problems with the device—in order to determine whether additional surgery may be necessary.

If you have experience any of the side effects listed above after receiving a DePuy total or partial hip replacement, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. To learn more about your legal rights, contact the attorneys at Hissey Kientz, LLP by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by filling out the free case evaluation form on the right of this page.

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