In August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a division of Johnson and Johnson, recalled two of its hip replacement systems. The recalled products were:
- ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement System
- ASR Hip Resurfacing System
This recall came after data from a recent study indicated that the five-year failure rate of this product is approximately 13%, or 1 in 8 patients. Symptoms include severe pain, early failure rate, and metal toxicity in the blood. Some patients have required a second surgery, known as a revision surgery, to replace the defective DePuy implant. Those on the hip implant recovery journey know it is painful and costly.
OTHER DEPUY IMPLANT ISSUES
The DePuy Pinnacle Acetabular System, which was approved in 2002, has not yet been recalled but utilizes a metal-on-metal design like the defective DePuy ASR device. Many Pinnacle patients have experienced similar symptoms to those who were implanted with the recalled ASR device, including high levels of the toxic metals Chromium and Cobalt in the blood, hip implant loosening, and early implant failure.