DepuyASR Hip Replacement lawyers have filed lawsuits against hip replacement manufacturer DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc over failure of a DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement. The metal on metal is releasing toxic substances as well as proving faulty. The lawsuit against DePuy has been filed in Federal District Court in Ft. Myers, Florida . This is believed to be the first lawsuit filed in the United States over the failure of the DePuy ASR hip replacement. The patient in the litigation is represented by a group of DepuyASR Hip Replacement Lawyers pursuing claims on behalf of patients across the nation with failed DePuy ASR hip replacements.
The Depuy Hip Replacement class action lawyers allege that the DePuy ASR hip replacement was defectively designed. Product liability Attorneys claim DePuy knew that their DepuyASR hip replacements were failing at a higher than expected rate, yet it did not pass that information on to the public or orthopaedic surgeons. The diagnosis that the ASR hip replacement implanted in many patients had failed was delayed. Physicians were unaware of the prevelance of these hip replacement failures. During the patient’s surgery to replace the failed hip replacement, her orthopedic surgeon discovered that the cup portion of the ASR hip replacement was extremely loose. The ASR hip replacement is designed so that a patient’s bone grows into the back of the cup to secure it. However, loosening because of a lack of bone in-growth into the cup is a hallmark of DePuy ASR hip replacement failures.Some orthopedic surgeons believe that the Depuy Hip replacement design is the reason for a high failure rate. The ASR cup has a shallower design than other hip replacement systems that may be contributing to a higher failure rate.ASR XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing Platform from DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. are part of the product recall.
Unfortunately, DePuy’s recall of the ASR systems comes too late for patients that were sold these devices. This is not a typical recall where the item can simply be discarded or returned to the manufacturer for a refund. This recall is for a product that has been implanted in a person’s hip. As a result, the recalled product can only be replaced with the patient going through a painful and debilitating surgery and rehabilitation. Most of these victims are senior citizens whose lives have been severly impacted by these failed hip implants.
It is expected this high failure rate to increase dramatically as problems with the DePuy ASR hip systems become more widely publicized. Denying that its decision to do so was related to reports of failures of the ASR systems, late last year DePuy ceased sales of the products. Unfortunately, by that time, almost 100,000 of the systems had been implanted in patients worldwide. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. is the orthopedic subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System devices were implanted in patients between 2003 and 2009. After selling more than 90,000 DePuy implants, Johnson and Johnson discontinued production and sales of the ASR hip replacements in 2009. DePuy admitted in an August 26, 2010, recall announcement that ASR acetabular cups have a failure rate of 12 percent to 13 percent.
According to DePuy, reported problems with the DePuy ASR hip systems include the following:
- Loosening, when the implant does not stay attached to the bone in the right position
- Hip Pain
- Difficulty Walking
- Swelling of the Hip
- Loosening of the Hip Replacement
- Fracture of the bone around the implant
- Dislocation or Misalignment of the two parts of the implant
- Fracture, where the bone around the implant may have broken; and
- Dislocation where the two parts of the implant that move against each other are no longer aligned.
In March of this year, the New York Times published an article about the high early failure rate of DePuy’s ASR hip replacement. Since that article was published many more reports of failures of ASR hip replacements have been received by both DePuy and the United States Food and Drug Administration. In its article, the New York Times quoted orthopedic experts critical of the design of the ASR hip replacement. Experts were also critical of DePuy’s failure to stop sales of the device sooner.
If you have a DePuy ASR hip replacement or hip resurfacing, and are experiencing problems with the device, you need to consult with an experienced medical product liability attorney immediately. It is best to retain an attorney before undergoing a revision surgery so that potentially important evidence can be preserved. Furthermore, by law there is a limited period of time in which you may bring a legal action against DePuy for a failed ASR hip system, so don’t delay. Call us to speak to one of our Depuy ASR Hip replacement lawyers.
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