DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. has recalled all of its ASR XL Acetabular Hip Systems and ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems after years of complaints that the product is defective. These metal on metal prosthetic systems have been in use since 2003. However, even before their product was recalled, lawsuits have alleged that DePuy manufactured a defective product and had failed to properly warn patients and doctors of all the problems with the implant. Patients who have received these implants have reported many side effects, including:
- Metal sensitivity
- Loosening of the prosthesis
- Bone fracture
- High metal ions levels in their bloodstreams
Numerous DePuy ASR patients have complained about these now-recalled products since 2008. However it wasn’t until August 24, 2010, DePuy issued a recall of the hip implants. Approximately 93,000 devices have been implanted worldwide, according to DePuy and there is expected to be many lawsuits from the patients of these defective devices and the negligence shown by DePuy in designing, manufacturing and selling these devices.
In addition to the DePuy ASR hip, numerous other metal on metal hip replacements such as the DePuy Pinnacle Hip are being evaluated for potential claims.
If you or a loved one has a metal-on-metal hip replacement, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation and we can help.