Another alleged victim of the defective DePuy ASR hip implant has filed suit against DePuy Orthopaedics. According to this new DePuy ASR hip replacement lawsuit, the plaintiff was forced to undergo revision surgery a little over a year after receiving the defective implant. Since receiving his DePuy ASR hip implant, the plaintiff says his life has never been the same.
The latest DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit was filed by a man living in the San Francisco Bay area. The plaintiff underwent a total hip replacement surgery using the DePuy ASR hip implant in July 2007. In the ensuing months, the implant loosened from the patients’ acetabulum. Because of these problems, the plaintiff underwent revision surgery in September 2008.
Since then, the plaintiff, who said he was active prior to his initial surgery, has been unable to participate in activities he enjoys. Even doing yard work has become dangerous for him. The plaintiff also claims the faulty DePuy hip implant has negatively impacted his job, as well as his life with his family.
Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Orthopaedics unit issued a worldwide recall for the ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement System after 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. By then, more than 93,000 patients worldwide were fitted with an ASR hip implant. It is believed that roughly a third of those were patients in the U.S.
The ASR Hip Implant System is a metal-on-metal hip implant made of chromium and cobalt, consisting of a cup that’s implanted into the hip with a ball joint that connects to the leg. It is believed that many of the complications linked to the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip implant are caused by wearing of the metal components, which can allow metal shavings to make their way into patients’ bloodstreams, leading to tissue breakdown, bone loss, and even the formation of non-cancerous tumors. The shedding of metal shavings can cause cobalt poisoning, a disorder that, if left untreated, can put patients at risk of tinnitus (ringing in the ears), vertigo, deafness, blindness, optic nerve atrophy, convulsions, headaches, peripheral neuropathy, cardiomyopathy, and hypothyroidism.
Since the DePuy ASR hip implant recall was issued in August, the device maker has been named in scores of product liability lawsuits. Late last year, all federal DePuy hip implants lawsuits were consolidated in a multidistrict litigation before Judge David A. Katz in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.