Defective DePuy Hip Implants
Part of the Johnson & Johnson company, DePuy Synthes is a maker of devices for orthopaedics, spinal care, sports medicine, and neurosciences. In 2010, they had a hip implant when two of their devices were found to be defective after five years on the market.
Which DePuy Hips Are Considered Defective?
The De Puy ASR Hip Resurfacing System and De Puy ASR XL Acetabular System were given special clearance by the FDA in 2005 and became available the United States. The hip implants fell into a special category of medical devices that can be sent into the marketplace without first performing clinical trials. Subsequently, the DePuy metal hip implants were shown to fail as soon as three years later. By 2008, the FDA had received about 400 complaints on the implants – although the actual number of defective medical devices was probably much higher, as many patients do not report adverse events to the FDA. It wasn’t until 2010 that DePuy began recalling its metal hip implants.
Why Are DePuy Hips Being Recalled?
A study was conducted on the defective metal-on-metal DePuy hip implants, which found that approximately 12% to 13% of patients with these devices needed a second hip replacement surgery to correct problems associated with the device. Even though the numbers are expected to only grow, if the percentage holds, there will be tens of thousands of affected patients. In the nearly ten years since the hip implants have been on the market, they have demonstrated dangerous component loosening, component misalignment, infection, dislocation, corrosion, and other defects.
What Are The Symptoms Or Problems With DePuy Hip Replacements?
Those who have had defective DePuy hip implants can experience:
- Allergic reaction to metallic debris
- Bone fraction and deterioration
- Cobalt or chromium poisoning
- Necrosis and swelling
- Nerve damage
- Pain and sensitivity
- Pseudotumors (soft tissue mass that can form as a result of reactions to excess metallic debris)
- Toxic exposure to metals in the blood
DePuy ASR Metal Hip Implant Lawsuits
With approximately 93,000 DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System and ASR XL Acetabular System hip implants in the United States alone, and an expected failure rate of up to 40% (37,200 devices), it is vital that patients act quickly to minimize damage, seek corrective surgery, and obtain legal representation to ensure their interests are represented.
If you are concerned about a defective DePuy hip implant, call us toll free at 1-888-902-6245 for a free consultation to discuss your case.