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DePuy Hip Replacement Attorneys | Romanucci & Blandin

The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System has been available in the United States since 2005. The DePuy Hip System is a metal-on-metal hip that has been promoted as being more durable than plastic or ceramic models. A recall of the ASR Hip System was issued by DePuy in August of 2010 after the FDA had around 400 complaints from patients. Of the total patients who received an ASR hip replacement, approximately 12% needed to have a follow-up surgery, and 93,000 implants were recalled since it was determined that after five years, the failure rate of the ASR hip replacement was 1 out of 8 patients.

 Side Effects

DePuy hip replacement side effects could include:

  • High levels of cobalt and chromium in blood tests from metal debris
  • Metal debris can also spread around the implant area and destroy tissue and soft bone
  • Clicking, popping or grinding where the hip was replaced
  • Loosening of the device which can cause the device’s failure
  • Discomfort in the hip
  • Implant not attaching to the bone properly, which can cause loosening in the hip joint
  • Fracture
  • Dislocation

The New York Times reported on January 22, 2014 that Johnson & Johnson, the manufacturer of the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System, discovered that there was a potential for the device to fail in 40% of patients.

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