Johnson & Johnson, in conjunction with its DePuy Orthopedics subsidiary, recently announced that it’s recalling parts used for hip replacements. An estimated 93,000 people will be affected by the product recall.

The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System are the two products involved in the recall. The Acetabular System helps address pelvic problems, while the Resurfacing System substitutes a metal device for the ball of a hip joint. Both carry a high rate of repeat surgeries needed by people who have received the parts.

The decision to recall the two products is based on findings from a recent study conducted in the UK. The study showed a five-year rate of revision surgery of 12 percent from the ASR Resurfacing System and about 13 percent for the ASR XL system. The double digit rates are uncommon and higher than expected.

Patients who reported problems within the first five years following surgery reported symptoms including pain, swelling and trouble walking, all of which are common after a hip replacement. These symptoms continue or come back when something may be wrong.

Recurring symptoms following hip replacement surgery may indicate more serious problems including:

* Loosening – when an implant doesn’t stay attached to the bone in the proper position, creating high levels of friction that can lead to trouble walking, crunching, fatigue and limping. If loosening occurs, it could put too much weight on other body parts, causing damage to the femur or the other hip due to over compensation.
* Fracture – when the bone around the implant breaks.
* Dislocation – when the two parts of the implant that move against each other are no longer aligned.
* Metallosis – when metal, or more specifically chromium and cobalt, is released into the body as a result of friction. The metal is carcinogenic and can potentially lead to cancerous tumors and muscle death.

The DePuy hip replacement products were designed to allow for more mobility and specifically marketed to younger people. Yet the smaller hip replacement parts have been compared to small tires on a car in the regard that due to their decreased size they are more susceptible to wear and tear.
And with more and more young patients reporting problems, more and more revision surgeries may be needed in the future, with each successive hip replacement having a shorter life expectancy than the last.

At Liberty Law Office, we work daily to help people get the justice they deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured by DePuy hip replacement parts, contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.

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