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In August of 2010 DePuy Orthopedics a division of Johnson and Johnson recalled their ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The ASR hip systems are metal-on-metal hip systems, which have an extremely high failure rate. While DePuy and Johnson and Johnson claim this failure rate is 12-13%, recent data indicates that the failure rate may be closer to 30% and may even be as high as 49%. Meaning nearly half of all patients with ASR hip systems will have to undergo revision surgery.
Experts believe that DePuy and Johnson and Johnson knew of the dangers associated with the ASR systems, as many as two years before the voluntary recall of the product, subjecting many patients to the unnecessary dangerous associated with the hip. If you have a metal-on-metal hip system there is a high likelihood that you will need on-going medical care and even surgery.
Patients with metal-on-metal hip systems often experience:
- Hip/groin pain
- Changes in their ability to walk
- Infections (requiring multiple surgeries)
- Metal poisoning (metallosis)
Metallosis can lead to deterioration of the tissue around the joint, loosening of the implant, failure of the device, and pseudotumors. In addition metal ions from the implant can enter into the bloodstream. There have been case reports of patients developing a reaction to these ions and experiencing medical problems that might have been related to their implants, including effects on the nervous system, heart and thyroid gland. You could have problems associated with the metal-on-metal hip systems without knowing it. You should not wait until you think there may be problem. Do not wait until you begin to have symptoms to contact an experienced attorney. While you may not have symptoms now, you may have severe symptoms in the future, and by not protecting your rights today, you may forever lose your chance to pursue a claim.
If you or a loved one has been implanted with a DePuy ASR System you should contact us to talk about your rights today. DePuy Orthopeadics also manufactures the Pinnacle Hip systems, another metal-on-metal hip system with reported problems. If you or a loved one have a metal-on-metal Pinnacle system and you have undergone revision surgery, you should contact us to talk about your rights today.
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