DEPUY ASR HIP IMPLANT RECALL
In March 2010, after receiving more than 300 complaints about the product, orthopedic manufacturer DePuy finally warned doctors about potential dangers with using its Articulating Surface Replacement (ASR) Hip System. This hip system has experienced higher than expected failures, and many of the victims of these failures have had to undergo a second, painful surgery to remove and replace the defective hip.
For years, DePuy has be blaming the doctors who use their products for the ever-growing failure rate. Rather than admit that a defect exists, DePuy’s spokesperson instead has told told newspapers that failures can be attirbuted to doctors not following directions.
But orthopedic specialists disagree. They believe that DePuy’s design of the acetabular cup is the reason for the failures. DePuy’s acetabular cup is shallower than some other hip implants, and that may be the reason why DePuy’s ASR system has such a high failure rate. Dr. Harlan C. Amstutz, an orthopedic surgeon in Los Angeles who designs hip implants for another orthopedics company, said that he believed that DePuy’s design is prone to problems.
Even the designer of DePuy’s ASR system, Dr. Thomas P. Schmalzried, said that DePuy has known for years that DePuy’s ASR hip system might be more of a challenge to implant properly than similar hip implants made by other companies.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury caused by the DePuy ASR Hip System, you may be entitled to recover damages in a lawsuit against the manufacturer.