Johnson & Johnson, in conjunction with its DePuy Orthopaedics subsidiary, announced at the end of August 2010 that it is recalling parts used for hip replacements. At issue is the high rate of repeat surgeries needed by people who have received the parts. An estimated 93,000 people will be affected by Johnson & Johnson’s latest product recall. Affected hip replacement parts involved in the recall include the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System. Patients who reported problems in the first five years and had revision surgery reported a variety of symptoms, including pain, swelling and problems walking. These symptoms are normal for patients following a hip replacement, but can be a sign that something is wrong if they continue or come back frequently. Additionally, metal debris spreading in the hip area has been reported due to the metal on metal friction involved from the metal components moving together.
We are currently reviewing cases involving individuals who have had a DePuy hip device implanted and all individuals unsure of the type of hip device implanted if the person has had revision surgery, or the person is experiencing hip pain, hip swelling or difficulty walking. If you need additional information or would like for our Mass Torts Section to review a potential claim, contact our firm at 800-898-2034.
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