UPDATE ON DePUY ORTHPAEDICS RECALL OF ASR HIP REPLACEMENT SYSTEMS

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On the 26th August 2010 DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. issued a worldwide recall of both its ASR XL Acetabular System (total hip replacement) and its DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System (hip resurfacing).

DePuy’s recall of the ASR systems will obviously have the most significant impact on those patients into whom the systems have already been inserted, with the product recall entailing replacement with a new product.  These individuals may have to endure potentially painful and debilitating surgery and rehabilitation.

The DePuy ASR systems reported a failure rate of over 12% at 5 years in the US and 13% in the UK.  There are no figures compiled in relation to the experience of Irish patients who have received the implants.  It has been suggested by experts in the industry that these failure rates could increase considerably as problems with the DePuy ASR hip systems become more widely publicized as a result of the recently announced recall.

DePuy ceased sales of the products late last year, by which time almost 100,000 of the systems had been implanted in patients worldwide. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. is the orthopedic subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.

According to DePuy, reported problems with the DePuy ASR hip systems include the following:

  • Loosening, when the implant does not stay attached to the bone in the right position.
  • Fracture, where the bone around the implant may have broken.
  • Dislocation where the two parts of the implant that move against each other are no longer aligned.

Orthopaedic consultants around the country are currently reviewing their records and examining whether any patient received the ASR devices.  Only patients whose operation took place after 2004 can potentially be affected by the recall because the products were not on the Irish market until that time.

The HSE has stated that anyone who has been fitted with an ASR device will be contacted by the hospital in which the procedure was carried out and that thereafter they will receive “appropriate follow-up”, to include blood tests, scans and, if necessary, revision surgery.

If you have been fitted with a DePuy ASR hip replacement or hip resurfacing your first concern should obviously be to ensure that whatever remedial medical procedures are necessary are undertaken without delay.

However, we would strongly recommend that you call us for a free consultation before undergoing any proposed revision surgery so that potentially important evidence can be preserved in the event that you are considering pursuing a claim in medical negligence against DePuy.

As the law sets down strict time limits for bringing medical negligence claims, we would strongly urge you to make contact with us without delay.

Feel free to call John McCarthy now on 023 883 3348 or email him at john@mccarthy.ie to arrange a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

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John specialises in personal injury and medical negligence claims. His practice focuses on high value compensation cases. He has extensive experience in this area of litigation for over 10 years. Read more