If you have experienced pain, swelling or trouble walking after a DePuy hip replacement operation, you may be one of the many patients with a defective medical device. DePuy hip replacement parts have been recalled, and patients with the faulty components may need additional surgery to repair the problem.

If you are a South Carolina patient who has been fitted with a faulty DePuy ASR hip implant, the product liability lawyers at Louthian Law Firm P.A. may be able to help you obtain compensation to cover your medical bills, pain and suffering and any permanent disability.

For a free evaluation of your case, contact the Louthian Law Firm today at (803) 454-1200 or use our online contact form.

High Failure Rate Prompts Hip Device Recall

In 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, announced a recall of all components of ASR artificial hip systems and warned doctors to stop implanting them. The reason: the ASR devices proved to have an unexpectedly high failure rate.

The defective medical products targeted by the recall are:

  • All sizes of the ASR XL Acetabular System, which is used for total hip replacements;
  • The ASR Hip Resurfacing System, a partial hip replacement that entails putting a metal cap on the ball of the femur.

Unfortunately, about 93,000 ASR hip replacement devices already had been sold and implanted in patients before the company stopped making the product, according to The New York Times. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates the safety of medical devices and products, has received hundreds of complaints since the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System was introduced in the U.S. market. Despite the complaints, the manufacturer continued marketing the defective hip implants.

Symptoms of Faulty Hip Parts

Patients with faulty ASR artificial hips may experience pain, swelling around the hips, trouble walking, loosening of the joint and a sensation that the hip is dislocated. They may experience a mechanical noise such as clicking, infections, fractures and even metal poisoning. Any patient who has a DePuy hip replacement is at higher risk of health complications.

One of every eight people who has a DePuy ASR hip implant experiences problems that require corrective surgery, also known as revision surgery. The 12 to 13 percent failure rate for the ASR hip devices is unacceptably high, prompting the products’ recall.

How The Hip Parts Fail

Your hip is a ball-in-socket type joint. The rounded head of the thigh bone rotates in the curved surface of the hip. With an ASR metal hip, a metal-lined cup functions as the socket and a metal ball on a stem replaces the femur head.

The metal-on-metal ASR hip implants were expected to be suitable for younger artificial hip patients. But the cobalt-chromium alloy metal parts wear over time and can release microscopic particles of metal. Some patients may have fluid collect around the joint and in the muscles around the joint in reaction to the metal particles. The reaction, if untreated, can damage the muscles, bones and nerves around the hips.

Contact Our South Carolina Product Defect Attorneys Today

If you had hip replacement surgery after July 2003, you may need to contact your orthopedic surgeon or hospital where the surgery took place to find out whether you have an ASR hip implant.

Fortunately, patients who experience ASR implant problems and require corrective surgery may have legal rights to be compensated for the harm caused by a defective medical product.

If you have experienced health problems after a DePuy hip replacement operation in South Carolina, the experienced lawyers at Louthian Law P.A. may be able to help you obtain money to cover your medical bills, pain and suffering and any permanent disability. The defective medical device lawyers at Louthian Law Firm P.A. have a detailed understanding of South Carolina personal injury law and are committed to obtaining just compensation for our clients.

For a free evaluation of your case, contact the Louthian Law Firm today at (803) 454-1200 or use our online contact form.