Depuy Orthopedics Hip Implant Product Recalled

On August 4, 2010, DePuy Orthopedics recalled its ASR XL Acetabular System (hip implant) and ASR Hip Resurfacing System. Recent data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales indicated a higher than expected revision rate at five years. Specifically, the data showed that the five-year revision rate for ASR XL Acetabular System was approximately 12% and for ASR Hip Resurfacing System was approximately 13%.
The revision rate was highest with ASR head sizes below 50mm in diameter and among female patients.
DePuy is a unit of Johnson & Johnson. ASR XL Acetabular System has been
used in the U.S. and worldwide since 2004. The recall means that patients who received an ASR XL Acetabular System hip implant will need additional testing, monitoring and potentially additional surgeries. The data showed that 1 in 8 would need a revision.
Persons who have had this hip implant surgery in the past may need legal counsel concerning their rights if they need revisions due to the problems associated with this product. As is true of any potential products liablity claim, it is advisable to consult with counsel at the earliest opportunity should damges be incurred from the product.

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