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How To Tell if Your DePuy ASR Hip Replacement is Defective

Oct 21, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP

If you received a DePuy Orthopaedics ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement System , you’ve probably heard that the implants have been recalled. Understandably, the recall has created a lot of concern among hip implant recipients, many of whom are wondering how they can tell if their DePuy ASR Hip Replacement has failed.

A hip implant should last for 15 years or so. However, recent data from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales showed that 1 out of every 8 patients (12%-13%) who had received the recalled devices had to undergo revision surgery within five years of receiving it. That report prompted DePuy to issue a worldwide recall of the ASR XL Acetabular System, a hip socket used in traditional hip replacement, and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, a partial hip replacement that involves placing a metal cap on the ball of the femur. Only the ASR XL Acetabular System was approved for use in the US.

In its recall notice, DePuy said additional testing and treatment may be necessary to ensure the hip is functioning well. In some cases, patients may need additional surgery.

Symptoms that a DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip implant has failed include:

• Pain in the hip where the hardware is located
• Swelling
• Problems walking

If you’ve experienced any of these problems with your DePuy ASR hip replacement, you should contact your doctor right away. If you are not sure whether or not you received a recalled DePuy hip implant, and you received your implant after July 2003, you should contact your doctor or hospital to determine if your hip replacement was among those recalled.

The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip implant recall has already spawned scores of product liability lawsuits. The most recent was filed by the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP LLP on behalf of a New York many who received his implant in January 2010. According to his complaint, the plaintiff began experiencing significant pain, constant irritation, and discomfort in the area of his defective device just months after his surgery.

In September, attorneys representing DePuy ASR hip implant claimants motioned the US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to consolidate all such federal cases in a multidistrict litigation before Judge Susan D. Wigenton. DePuy, however, wants the claims heard either in federal court in the Northern District of Indiana at South Bend or the Northern District of Ohio at Toledo, both of which are near its Warsaw, Indiana, headquarters.

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