DePuy Hip Replacement System Recall
DePuy Orthopaedics and its parent company, Johnson & Johnson, have issued a worldwide recall of its metal-on-metal ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System due to high failure rates.
Why is it being recalled?
The components of the DePuy Hip System - the acetabular cup and the femoral head - are made of cobalt and chrome metals. Many patients with the ASR DePuy System have developed highly elevated levels of cobalt and chrome in their blood system. Because of the design of the ASR cup and ball, when the ball rotates within the cup, there can be excessive generation of metal ions. Microscopic particles of cobalt and chrome metals are then released into the patient’s bloodstream. The release of these heavy, toxic metals into the patient’s hip area can cause soft tissue damage, swelling, infections, difficulty walking and even pseudotumors.
In a non-defective hip replacement surgery, the patient can typically expect between 15 years or more years of normal, pain-free motion. With the DePuy ASR Hip System, some patients are experiencing pain, irritation, popping, clicking, grinding, and inflammation of the soft tissues as soon as two years after their surgery. Even though your hip may feel stable, the ASR system may be producing injuries in other areas of your body. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please consult a doctor immediately.
If you have had the ASR XL Acetabular System or the ASR Hip Resurfacing System implanted, and then had it removed due to failure of the device, or if your doctor has recommended you have it removed, please contact The Allison Law Firm today at 505-204-7639 or visit http://allison-lawfirm.com/ to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.
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