The DePuy ASR hip system employs flawed metal-on-metal technology. Starting in 2005, DePuy Orthopaedics and Johnson & Johnson sold their ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and ASR Hip Resurfacing System to hospitals and surgeons in the United States, who then used this device on their patients. DePuy and Johnson & Johnson aggressively marketed and promoted the ASR hip systems, claiming patients would experience less wear and the hips would last longer compared to other hip replacement products. Unfortunately for thousands of patients, this was not the case. The DePuy ASR product line turned out to have over a 50% failure rate because of a defective design.
On August 24, 2010, DePuy and Johnson & Johnson announced a recall of the ASR product line due to unreasonably high failure and complication rates. Known complications resulting from the defective design of the DePuy ASR include: a cup that is too thin and prone to deformation; insufficient clearance between the ASR head and cup; an excessively shallow cup; loosening of component parts; and excessive metal debris entering into the body causing metal toxicity, tumors and tissue damage. Many ASR patients have had or will have surgery to remove the defective ASR hip system and implant a different and safe hip device.
SUGARMAN attorneys have pending claims filed in both Massachusetts and Federal Multi-District Litigation relating to DePuy ASR hips. If you are experiencing problems with a DePuy ASR hip implant or another metal-on-metal artificial hip, please call one of our lawyers.