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DePuy Hip Implant Recall

On August 26, 2010, DePuy Orthopedics, owned by Johnson & Johnson, announced a recall of 93,000 hip replacement systems due to a large number of people experiencing pain and swelling so severe that a second hip replacement surgery may be necessary.

The recalled DePuy Orthopaedics ASR Hip Resurfacing System is a partial hip replacement system that uses a metal cap placed on the ball of the femur.  Also involved in the recall is the ASR XL Acetabular System, a traditional hip replacement system.  Both systems use a metal-on-metal design which has been implanted since 2005 and were discontinued by the manufacturer in 2009. The primary issue is that, as the metal parts move together, metal debris is shed into the patient's body, leading to pain, immobilization, inflammation, bone loss, and other health concerns. Other potential issues include loosening of the cup and detachment from the bone, dislocation, and fractures. Complaints began in 2007, and the number of reported DePuy hip replacement problems had doubled by 2008, and tripled by 2009.

HoganWillig is currently handling several DePuy products liability claims and intends to seek maximum compensation for those affected.  If you or anyone you know has received a letter from your surgeon regarding the recall, call us at 800-636-5255 regarding your possible claim.

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