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People with a DePuy ASR hip replacement implant are experiencing a high rate of failure and pain associated with this device, sometimes shortly after surgery. People with the DePuy ASR have filed lawsuits because, despite reports of injury with this device, the manufacturer failed to inform doctors and patients of the known risks associated with this device and waited to issue a DePuy recall until August 2010. A New York DePuy hip replacement lawsuit attorney at Proner & Proner is available to assist you if you were injured due to a defective DePuy hip replacement implant.
The DePuy ASR is a metal on metal (MoM) prosthetic device consisting of a ball and corresponding socket implanted in thousands of patients around the world during hip replacement surgery. DePuy DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., the medical device maker and part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, marketed this hip prosthetic in a “resurfacing” version called DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System and as total hip replacement called the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System.
Since 2008, there have been more than 300 complaints about this device filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with more than 90% of these cases requiring another hip replacement surgery to replace the defective implant. Still, there was no DePuy recall.
The design of the device made it difficult for surgeons to implant, causing improper fusing with the bone and loose implants. Friction from movement of the metal on metal socket also creates metal shavings or debris in the soft tissue surrounding the device, causing pain, inflammation and necrosis or tissue death. This damage and inflammation can cause severe pain and disability, can be irreversible and complicate future replacement surgery. MoM hip implants, such as the DePuy ASR also release metal ions into the body.
In 2009, the manufacturer voluntarily removed the DePuy ASR from the Australian market due to the device’s high failure rate, but they failed to issue a DePuy recall in the U.S. and doctors unknowingly continued use of the devices for patient’s hip replacement surgery. The company notified U.S. physicians about the Australian higher than anticipated failure rates in a March 2010 letter, only advising physicians that proper surgical positioning of the implant was essential.
On August 26, 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. finally issued a DePuy recall, citing that 12%-13 % of patients with these defective implants would need to have a revision surgery.
Only an experienced lawyer can determine if you have a valid DePuy Recall lawsuit. The amount of your potential award depends on the merits of your particular case. As your lawyers, we will fight to recover the highest compensation amount possible for injuries caused by your defective DePuy ASR hip implant. The New York law firm of Proner & Proner represents people nationwide what have suffered injury from defective medical devices. Fill out our contact form today for a free legal consultation with our lawyers to learn your legal rights.
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