Articles Posted in DePuy Defective Hip Implants

As defective medical device lawyers, we have posted in recent months about the serious issues with defective hip replacement devices. These hips are metal-on-metal hip replacement devices that were manufactured by several companies. But one hip device made by Johnson & Johnson has now failed in over twenty-five percent of patients by the sixth year after it was implanted.

The National Joint Registry of England reported that the general failure rate with metal-on-metal hip implants is nearly ten percent, but that the removal or replacement rate for the Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) from DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. is over double that percentage. These statistics have led the company to recall the device.

Johnson & Johnson is the largest manufacturer of hip implants. Metal-on-metal devices have a higher failure rate than other types of hip replacement devices. There are over 2,000 lawsuits now pending against the company regarding the failure of these devices.

Many Americans get hip replacements every year. When these devices operate correctly, mobility and quality of life can be improved for patients who would otherwise be restricted.

Recently, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., recalled two of its ASR hip implant devices. This recall has and will lead to many difficulties for patients who have been implanted with these devices which is known to be defective.

Two types of Depuy ASR hips were recalled by the manufacturer. Between 2005 and 2009, nearly 95,000 patients were implanted with either the ASR XL Acetabular System or the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The sheer numbers involved in hip replacement surgeries make a recall of these devices particularly disturbing.