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2011 – Australian Joint Registry Finds 10% Revision Rate for DePuy ASR

Posted in DePuy Hip Replacement

In 2011, a report published in The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery by RN de Steiger et al. “summarizes an analysis by the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry (AOANJRR) of the outcome of arthroplasties involving the ASR prostheses.”

The Articular Surface Replacement (ASR) “metal-on-metal” hip implant by DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. was recalled worldwide in 2010 due to a rate of premature device failure found by the UK National Joint Registry to be dramatically higher than advertised by the company.

Of the 4406 recorded uses of the ASR XL Acetabular System in Australia between 2004 and 2009 9.3% required reoperation at 5 years follow-up, “compared with 3.4% … for total hip arthroplasties involving all other conventional prostheses.”  For the ASR system, the rate for revision at 5 years follow-up was 10.9%, compared to a rate of four per cent for all other comparable hip resurfacing systems.

The authors stated that “These results are consistent with those derived from other registries and from published studies of individual cohorts” and as such, this paper could be used in a DePuy ASR lawsuit to demonstrate to a court the consistency with which high revision rates are associated with the ASR and ASRXL hip replacement systems.

Due to the fact that it has become increasingly clear the DePuy knew, or should have known, the risks associated with its products including the rates for surgical revision, a number of DePuy ASR lawsuits have been filed.  If you or a loved one used an ASR hip replacement system and suffered premature device failure or another 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 compassion, experience, and resources 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.