DePuy decided to recall two types of hip replacements due to patients needing a second hip replacement after an unsuccessful first implant.
According to complaints filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these two kinds of DePuy hip replacements have been known to fail soon after surgery, and quite often, have caused excruciating pain requiring another hip replacement surgery to remove and replace the defective DePuy hip replacement.
In a statement released by DePuy about the recall of two models of their hip replacement systems, the manufacturer understood there to be a high rate of failure for their ASR hip replacements, with approximately 13% of patients requiring a revision surgery to remove and replace the failed DePuy hip replacement. Revision surgery in many of these patients was a result of the build-up of metal detritus created by the DePuy hip implant.
In March 2010, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency in Britain released a warning about complications arising from the metal particles created by some types of hip replacements.
The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System hip replacement is a metal-on-metal hip implant. The high failure rate of the ASR hip replacements is tied to an injurious accumulation of metal shavings, which are created by the metal femoral head, a ball-shaped component, rubbing against the inside of the acetabular component, a metal or ceramic cup. Normally, hip implants should not wear so quickly, nor should they cause such an enormous build-up of harmful metal detritus in the body, damaging to muscles and tissues.
However, the DePuy ASR hip implant has been known to wear at alarmingly fast rates. The poor quality of the DePuy ASR hip implants is the reason for an increased need in revision surgery among patients who received this specific type of implant.
The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System hip replacement was approved for use in the U.S. by the FDA in 2005. If you or someone you love has received a hip implant of either of the two recalled DePuy hip replacements, you and your loved one may be eligible to receive recompense for your financial losses and emotional and physical suffering.
Know that many other patients are stepping forward and filing complaints with the FDA regarding their defective DePuy hip implants
For a free legal consultation regarding your DePuy hip replacement case, contact an experienced defective hip implant lawyer at Carey Danis & Lowe at 800.721.2519.References: Defective Medical Device litigation, Hip/Knee Replacement