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Depuy Hip Recall Affects South Floridians

Depuy Orthopedics has announced a recall on all DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Systems and the ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems used in hip replacement surgeries after 2003. Early estimates show that the defective Depuy products were used in approximately 93,000 hip replacmenet surgeries worldwide. If you had a hip replacement surgery after 2003, it is important that you check your records and contact your doctor immediately to determine if you are affected by this recall.

Complaints and complications associated with Depuy artifical joint include loose hip cups,dislocations and additional fractures or muscle damage. Some people have reported increased movement of the joint, popping or clicking sensations and a decreased range of motion in the hip. The defective product has also been shown to cause metallosis, a condition caused by movement of the implant which may result in the release of higher, potentially dangerous levels of chromium and cobalt ions into the body.

Studies have shown that 12% of patients who had received the ASR Resurfacing System and 13% of patients who received the ASR total hip replacement needed to have it replaced through a revision surgery. This is an extraordinarily high failure rate for a prosthetic device. Most hip replacement are expected to last in excess of 15 years.

Depuy Offers Payment for Revision

On its Website, Depuy Orthopedics, which is owned by Johnson & Johnson, has initiated the recall and states that DePuy intends to cover reasonable and customary costs of testing and treatment associated with the ASR recall, including revision surgery if it is necessary. However, what most people don’t realize is that by agreeing to participate in Depuy’s program, they will likely be giving away certain rights. Depuy mentions nothing about compensating the people injured by its defective proudct for their pain, suffering, mental anguish and other intangibles.

When a hip or other joint is replaced, each subsequent revision becomes more difficult for the surgeon and the patient. The physical rehabilitation will become more complex and recuperation will take much longer. Additionally, there is a risk every time you are placed under anesthesia and in a hospital setting. Because of Depuy’s failures to adequately design, test and manufacturer a reliable product, thousands of people will have to undergo an otherwise unnecessary procedure

Recall Already Affecting Florida

Defective Product attorneys across the country will be handling lawsuits against Depuy Orthopedics for the failures of the XL Acetabular Systems and the ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems. Miami Defective Product Attorneys Greenberg, Stone & Urbano has already begun pursuing compensation for people injured by this company’s negligence. South Florida, with its tremendous senior citizen population, will likely see an increased number of claims, as the frequency of joint replacement surgeries is higher in older populations.

If you or someone you know has had a hip replacement after July 2003, we urge you to read your medical records carefully and contact your surgeon to ask about what kind of product was used. Depuy does not maintain a list of artificial joint recipients. If you have a hip subject to the recall, please contact us at 1-888-499-9700 for a free consultation.

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