In a 2010 report by the UK National Joint Registry, it is noted that at five years, the revision rate for metal-on-metal hip replacements is 7.8%.
That means that after five years’ of using metal-on-metal hip replacement systems, 7.8% of patients required the implantation of a new hip due to device failure for one reason or another.
As a result of this and other publications by the UK National Joint Registry, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. recalled its popular ASR/ASRXL metal-on-metal hip replacement models. And while this may seem like a proactive, positive step by DePuy, it was really more a last-minute, attempt at face saving: DePuy knew well its products failed at a higher rate than they advertised and continued marketing and selling the ASR/ASRXL models without disclosing accurate complication and failure rates.
In the years prior to the 2010 DePuy ASR recall, a number of scientific studies demonstrated clearly that failure rates for the ASR and similar metal-on-metal hip replacement systems were between 5 and 10 per cent, rather than the company’s reported 1-2% failure rate. Furthermore, surgeons noted that the ASR metal-on-metal hip replacement systems were associated with metal dissemination – that is, the wearing off of tiny metal particles into the blood. This elevation in blood metal ion levels can lead to metallosis (metal poisoning), kidney and liver problems, skin irritation, pseudotumors, and increased cancer mortality.
These risks were not disclosed by DePuy. Instead, the company touted the novelty and relative success of its implants, and continued selling these dangerous and defective products for years.
As such, a number of DePuy ASR hip replacement lawsuits have been filed. If you or a loved one used an ASR hip replacement system and you suffered device failure or another ASR complication, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. For a free, no-obligation case consultation, contact our team of DePuy ASR hip replacement lawyers at the information provided below. We have the skills, resources, and experience required to win the justice you deserve. Call today and see how we can help!
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Our DePuy ASR™ / ASR™ XL Hip Replacement Lawsuit Information page is a great place to start if you have any questions about DePuy ASR metal-on-metal hip replacements.