DePuy Recalls ASR Total Hip Replacement Systems
In August 2010, manufacturer DePuy recalled its ASR total hip replacement system due to reports that the failure rate, as measured by studies carried out in the UK, was 13 percent over five years. Other problems related to other hip replacement devices created by DePuy have also been reported.
DePuy and Johnson & Johnson began marketing ASR total hip replacement systems in the U.S. in 2005 after receiving a “501(k) clearance” from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The hip replacement comprises a rounded metal piece, called the “head” or “ball,” that sits inside a metal lining. The ball moves inside the lining, mimicking the action of the natural hip joint. The purpose of the hip replacement system is to improve mobility in patients who have suffered broken hips or other hip injury or damage.
Symptoms of ASR total hip replacement system failure include severe pain, swelling, and weakness in the hips. Tumors in the area of the joint replacement, blood clots, or heavy metal poisoning resulting from metal ions or shavings coming from the hip replacement also afflicted some patients. The FDA received 400 complaints in 2008 that the devices had suffered “catastrophic failure” in patients, often requiring additional surgeries to correct the problem.
Patients seeking more information about the hip replacement recall can contact DePuy toll-free at (888) 627-2677. If you’ve been injured by a hip replacement or other medical device, aggressive Missouri DePuy hip replacement attorney John Page can help and also works as an Illinois lawyer. Contact our office today to learn more.