St. Louis DePuy Hip Implants Lawyers
At The Roberts Law Firm P.C., our attorneys believe that if you or someone you love has suffered from an injury resulting from a defective hip replacement system you should be fairly compensated for your damages. Due to both the alleged acts and failure to act on the part of the company that manufactures DePuy Hip Replacement Systems, many people have suffered severe injuries.
Contact our law firm online to learn more about how our medical device lawyers can help you or your loved ones through this time in their lives.
Defective ASR Hip Implants in Missouri — The Recall of the ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System
In August, 2010, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary announced that they are recalling their hip implants. There has been a high rate of repeat surgeries needed by people who have received these hips. The DePuy hip recall involves 29 models of the ASR 100 and 300 Acetabular Implants in cup sizes ranging from 44 mm to 70 mm. To date, DePuy has sold approximately 93,000 of the units.
DePuy has announced that data received by the company shows that more people than expected who received the ASR Hip System experienced pain and other symptoms that led to a second hip replacement surgery. Some available information showed that five years after implantation, approximately 12 percent of patients, or one in eight, who had received the ASR resurfacing device, and 13 percent of patients, or one in eight, who had received the ASR total hip replacement needed a second surgery. The recall means that monitoring and testing may be necessary for individuals who have been implanted with either of the DePuy ASR Hip Systems.
What is the Depuy ASR Total Hip Replacement System?
The DePuy ASR Hip Replacement System, manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, the orthopedic arm of a division of Johnson & Johnson, are metal on metal hip replacement systems. The natural hip joint is like a ball that fits in a socket. The socket portion of the hip is called the acetabulum. The femoral head at the top of the thigh bone (femur) rotates within the curved surface of the acetabulum. The recalled hip implants utilize a one-piece acetabular cup, which is a metal liner that replaces the acetabulum. With the recalled ASR XL Total Hip Replacement System, there are three components: 1) The femoral stem is inserted inside the femur 2) The femoral head (or ball) connects to the stem, and 3) The stem then fits inside the acetabulum.
The second recalled ASR hip device — the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System utilizes two components: 1) A cap is placed over the natural femoral head and 2) The acetabulum is replaced with the one-piece cup.
Symptoms of Depuy ASR Hip Failure
Signs that your hip replacement could be failing, include:
- Unexplained hip pain
- Thigh pain or groin pain
- Pain with walking
- Pain rising from a seated position
- Pain with weight bearing
These symptoms could be a warning that there may be a hip device failure, such as:
- Loosening of the implant, which occurs when the implant does not stay attached to the bone in the proper position
- Dislocation of the implant, which occurs where two parts of the implant that move against each other are no longer aligned
- Fracture of the hip bone, which is where the bone around the implant breaks
Allow The Roberts Law Firm P.C. to Help You With Your Depuy Hip Implants
Our St. Louis area law firm is currently evaluating claims on behalf of those who received these replacements and who may have suffered injury. We are representing injured parties on a contingent fee basis which means that there are no legal fees owed unless they are awarded compensation for their injury.
For a free, no obligation case review please call 866.585.3690 toll free or contact our Missouri law firm online. If you or a loved one has been injured after having the knee or hip implants, The Roberts Law Firm P.C. may be able to help.