Important Information about DePuy Hip Implant Recall

Published December 23, 2010 16:45

DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, has recently issued a voluntary recall of their ASR Hip Implant. A large British study determined that the DePuy implants were failing at a much higher and quicker rate than other manufacturers.

DePuy issued a statement to their patients explaining that additional testing and monitoring may be necessary to ensure the implant is functioning properly and, in some cases, additional surgery may be required. According to data gathered during the study, five years after implantation, approximately 13% of patients who received the ASR total hip replacement needed to have additional surgery. Symptoms for those affected include recurring pain, swelling and problems walking. DePuy has indicated that it will cover reasonable and customary costs of monitoring the implant, as well as treatment for services.

Patients who received the implant are beginning to receive recall notices from their physicians in the mail; it is anticipated that the recalls will expand to include additional hip implant models. If you have questions regarding this recall program, you may contact attorney Jim Klick at jklick@hhkc.com, or call (504) 581-4892.