Hip Litigation

Number of Lawsuits:

More than 28,000

Plaintiff Injuries:

Metal poisoning, dislocation, loosening, tissue damage, severe pain, implant failure, revision surgery



DePuy, Stryker, Zimmer, Biomet, Wright, Smith & Nephew


Litigation Status:

5 major settlements, more than 13,000 cases still pending

Georgia Depuy ASR Hip Implant Recall Attorney

What is the Depuy ASR Hip Implant?

Hip replacement, also referred to as hip arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure where a damaged or diseased hip joint is replaced with an artificial joint or prosthesis. Two medical devices used in hip implant procedures — theDePuy ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System and DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System — may have a higher fail rate than other hip replacement devices and could cause patients to experience significant complications.

Depuy ASR Hip Implant Recall

The ASR hip replacement was designed with a shallower cup than other hip implants which many orthopedic specialists believe is what is responsible for its higher failure rate. Since 2008 the FDA has received around 300 complaints where patients had to have the device replaced soon after it was implanted. In 2009, DePuy voluntarily withdrew the system from the Australian market. In March 2010 DePuy stopped selling the ASR XL system in the United States but insisted that this was not a recall of the product. Finally in August 2010 DePuy announced a voluntary recall of their system in the United States

Problems With DePuy Hip Implants

Many of the patients who underwent hip implant surgery with hip replacement products from DePuy Orthopaedics are now facing medical problems, leading them to file lawsuits against DePuy for compensation.

Some examples of problems that can result include:

  • Aseptic loosening: The components used in the hip replacement come loose. This type of loosening is not caused by infection or disease and most often involves the acetabular cup. Once loosening occurs, surgical correction is the only solution.

  • Osteolysis: This refers to bone loss that occurs as a result of the release of metal ions into the body. Because of this bone loss, the bony growth holding some hip replacement devices in place is inhibited or reversed, which could be a potential cause of loosening. Again, a surgical procedure is normally necessary to correct the problem.

  • Metallosis: Metallosis refers to an adverse reaction to the build-up of metal ions or debris from the metal hip replacement components. Complications may include tissue death; bone degradation; and the development of a collection of metal stained fluid known as a psuedotumor. Removal of the metal ions and debris is the only treatment.

  • Neurological problems. Long-term exposure to cobalt and chromium ions may cause a number of neurological problems with symptoms including headaches; a metallic taste

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