Medical Alert: DePuy Hip Replacement Recall

In August of 2010, Johnson & Johnson’s artificial joint replacement company, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., issued a recall of two hip replacement products because of excessively high failure rates that required second surgeries.   If you or someone you know has had a hip replacement that may have used one of these products, you should be aware of this recall.

What DePuy Hip Replacement Products Have Been Recalled?

  1. ASR Hip Resurfacing System
  2. ASR XL Acetabular System

What Was the Cause of the Recall?

The recall came after data showed that one in eight patients needed a “revision surgery,” which is required when an artificial joint doesn’t properly fit, within five years. Some of the symptoms suffered by those with a faulty hip replacement include pain, swelling, and difficulty walking. The hip implant recall could affect an estimated 93,000 replacement systems and over 29 different models of hip replacement implants. Anyone who had a hip replacement after July 2003 may be affected.  The FDA received approximately 300 complaints where patients had to have the device replaced soon after it was implanted, dating back to 2008.[1]

DePuy voluntarily withdrew the system from the Australian market in 2009 and then in March of 2010, DePuy stopped selling the ASR XL system in the United States. It was not until August 2010 that DePuy finally announced a voluntary recall of their system in the United States.[2]

DePuy hip replacement failureHow Can I Tell if I Have a Recalled Hip Device?

To determine if you have hip replacement product that has been recalled, you should contact your doctor or orthopaedic surgeon. If you don’t know who performed your hip replacement surgery, ask your primary care physician or someone at the hospital where the surgery took place.  The surgeon’s name may also appear on the bill or on an EOB (Explanation of Benefits) form you received from your health insurance company.

What Should I Do if I Think I Received a Defective Hip Replacement Component?

If you think your DePuy cup is failing, that is a medical matter which should be discussed with your doctors. They are the ones best suited to investigate failures.  If you do have a DePuy hip replacement covered by the recall, you may need legal counsel to advise you.

The law firm of Allen & Allen is investigating claims and numerous adverse event reports made to the FDA arising from DePuy Hip Implant failures, and helping those recipients who have valid claims.  Contact our product liability attorneys for a free consultation by calling 866-388-1307.

Contact Us for a Free Case Evaluation

If you have ever had a DePuy ASR XL hip replacement system or have been injured as a result of its failure, contact the attorneys at Allen & Allen online or by calling 866-388-1307.

About the Author: Richmond, VA personal injury attorney Jason Konvicka has handled complex product liability cases during his career spanning over 15 years.


[1] In addition, on August 19, 2010, the FDA has issued a warning to DePuy Orthopedics for marketing another hip replacement system in the U.S. that has not been approved by the F.D.A.  See http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/ucm223613.htm.

[2] See New York Times article “Johnson & Johnson Recalls Hip Implants”, at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/27/business/27hip.html.