Indiana-based DePuy Orthopaedics announced today that the company is voluntarily recalling the ASR™ XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System because a number of patients who underwent this hip replacement system have since had to have a second surgery.
A press release by the company claims that many surgeries with the ASR system have worked, but the company now recommends that patients who have this device be closely monitored to ensure proper performance.
That National Joint Registry of England and Wales revealed that 12% of patients who received the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and 13% who received the XL Acetabular System required a second or “revision” surgery. The risk for revision surgery was highest among female patients with a 50mm ASR head size. The company will pay for reasonable costs, including monitoring and treatment such as revision surgeries.
Although the company took steps to recall the hip systems, many people were forced to undergo pain, suffering and ongoing medical treatment due to the defective DePuy hip implants. Like most surgeries, hip surgery is a serious medical procedure and complications can occur. According to Medlineplus.gov, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, during a hip replacement, a surgeon removes bone and cartilage that has been damaged and inserts a man-made device in its place. Surgical risks include wrong-site surgery, anesthesia errors, infection, blood clots and even death. Most hip surgeries occur in older patients, increasing the risk for medical errors.
Those who have suffered injuries as a result of the faulty design and manufacturing of faulty DePuy ASR hip replacement systems may be able to seek justice for the defective medical devices. When injuries occur due to defective medical devices such as the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the XL Acetabular System, victims can be compensated for their pain and suffering, lost income and medical bills.
Our Chicago product liability attorneys have handled a number of cases involving defective products and medical devices. We have helped victims receive fair and reasonable compensation and may be able to help you recover damages for your pain and suffering. If you believe that you suffered injuries or a loved one died because of these defective DePuy hip replacement systems, contact our Chicago injury lawyers to discuss your claim in a free and confidential consultation.