DePuy Hip Recall: Do You Need Revision Surgery?

If you received a hip replacement or resurfacing in recent years, we encourage you to make sure that your parts weren’t included in the recent hip replacement recall issued by DePuy Orthopaedics Inc, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.    An unreasonably high failure rate in two of their products prompted the voluntary recall, issued on August 24th of 2010.

As opposed to total hip replacements, the more common trend to treat painful arthritis in the hip is a resurfacing procedure in which only the arthritic components of the bone are removed and a cap-like mechanism is then fit on the femur to engage with the hip socket.

However, within a five year period, up to 13% of the recipients of two DePuy products, the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, necessitated correctional surgery.

There is a great amount of friction between the ball-and-joint style system which results in small fragments of cobalt and chromium ion particulate being released into your body.  The extent of the consequences of these metal ions is not precisely known, though cysts have been found growing on otherwise healthy bone.

The metal ions also inhibit the growth of new bone into the ASR Acetabular cup which is necessary to firmly secure the mechanism.  Without this bone growth, patients experienced loosening of the system which can lead to bone fracture, malalignment, pain, and dislocation and  ultimately requires revisional surgery.

If you are the recipient of a defective DePuy Orthopaedics ASR product, we urge you to consult with an ASR Hip Recall Lawyer. Also make sure that you don’t sign any papers before speaking to your attorney in regard to Johnson & Johnson DePuy Hip Recall Lawsuits.