In August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics voluntarily recalled its most popular hip replacement systems, the ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System and DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System. These were the most common of all metal-on-metal hip replacement systems on the market. This recall came after the systems were found to have an unusually high failure rate, requiring patients across the country to undergo a second hip replacement surgery, or a revision surgery, to replace the defective hip.
While DePuy hip systems are some of the most common defective hip systems, other manufacturers, such as Smith & Nephew, Zimmer, Stryker and Wright, also released flawed hip replacement products to the market.
The DePuy cup design features a shallow cup, which was intended to increase flexibility and range of motion in the hip. The shallow cup, however, is difficult to accurately place in surgery. The diameter of the cup can also causes significant friction as the hip moves. Inadequate clearance in the device can cause loosening, wear, high-friction torque and a locking of components. Excessive clearance, however, can quickly increase wear and tear of the device.
The friction that occurs between the metal cup and metal ball actually releases cobalt and chromium ions into the body and bloodstream, potentially causing a loosening of the device from the hip, and heavy metal toxicity in the blood or metallosis.
These hip replacement systems were designed and marketed to last for over 15 years. Data, however, points to a failure rate of as much as 50 percent, causing issues and needing to be replaced within two years.
If you have received one of these implants, it is important that you file a claim immediately. Given the failure rate that has been predicted for these systems, there is a strong possibility the replacement you received may not last as long as you were assured.
Advocating For You Following Hip Replacement Recalls
At Lee Murphy Law Firm, we have been heavily involved in the litigation of these claims. We are deeply familiar with the inaction of the manufacturer and its failure to protect patients from the potential risk posed by the systems.
We handle these cases on an individual basis to reflect the degree and type of injury that you personally sustained. We take all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not collect attorney fees and expenses unless you are awarded a settlement. These cases can draw out for a significant amount of time, even years. We take on the exposure, fronting the financial and legal burden of the case so that you can focus on healing and recovering as we fight on your behalf.
Our lawyers represent women throughout the United States, including Texas, New York and California.