Our Pennsylvania Defective Medical Device Lawyers Help Fight for Justice
The DePuy ASR™ Hip Implant System is a metal-on-metal design, which by today’s standard, is viewed as less than optimal. After time, metal parts can wear, causing small metal particles to shed. Doctors have been treating more and more of these cases and these systems have been recalled. Data shows that approximately 12% of patients who received the ASR needed to have revisionary surgery 5 years after surgery. Revisionary surgery was also required for 13% of patients who received the ASR total hip replacement.
At Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLP, our defective medical device attorneys fight for just compensation on behalf of those who have been injured. As one of the largest firms in the area, we have the experience and resources to devote to your case. We are available 24/7 to take your calls and can meet with you in our offices, located in Lancaster, York, Hanover, Harrisburg, or Carlisle.
Begin a free case evaluation with our firm today to learn more about your legal options. Contact Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLP at (888) 498-3023 to take the first step in your case.
What Exactly Is an ASR Device?
The ASR device is part of a class of large diameter, monoblock hip resurfacing and replacement devices preferred by surgeons for young patients who may benefit from the stability, thus limiting the chance of repeated dislocation. The DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System was introduced in 2003 and is only approved for use outside the U.S. The ASR XL Acetabular System was launched in 2004.
Products Affected by the DePuy Recall
The DePuy Orthopaedics unit of Johnson & Johnson has announced a recall of the ASR Hip Implant System used as an implant in hip replacement surgeries. The company recommends that patients with an ASR device contact their surgeon for evaluation.
The following products are affected by the DePuy recall:
- ASR XL Acetabular System
- DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System
ASR Hip Implant Symptoms
The symptoms many experience include pain, swelling, and problems walking. While these symptoms are initially normal, there may be problems if these symptoms persist or return after subsiding.
These symptoms could be a sign of problems such as the following:
- Loosening: When the implant does not stay attached to the bone in the correct position
- Fracture: Where the bone surrounding the implant may have broken
- Dislocation: When the two parts of the implant that move against each other are no longer aligned
DePuy has stated that it intends to “cover reasonable and customary costs of testing and treatment if you need services, including revision surgery, associated with the recall of ASR” but lawyers recommend that patients contact a personal injury attorney prior to accepting any compensation.
How to Determine If You Have Had an ASR Hip Implant
If you don’t know who performed your hip replacement surgery, ask your primary care physician or the hospital where you had your surgery. If you are unable to determine the type of implant you received, you can download this release form, fill it out and mail it to the address on the form. This will allow DePuy to contact your surgeon on your behalf. If you or a loved one think you may have received a DePuy ASR Hip Implant System during hip replacement surgery, or if you are noticing any symptoms afterward, please call a seasoned Pennsylvania defective medical device lawyer at (888) 498-3023 for a free consultation.