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DePuy Hip Failure

DePuy created its ASR hip devices for a unique set of individuals: older, active adults who suffer from arthritis or other hip injuries. To help these individuals maintain their lifestyles, DePuy created an artificial hip that allowed for increased flexibility and durability. These implants were made entirely of metal components. Unfortunately, this design proved to be faulty, and the failed devices were recalled just five years after being released to the market.

Reasons For DePuy ASR Hip Failure

The main problem with the ASR™ XL Acetabular Hip System and the ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System is that they were made from metal. Other manufacturers make hip devices that include metal, but they are encased or lined with plastic or ceramic. It was thought that the metal design would last longer than others, but they didn't.

The ASR devices involve ball and socket mechanisms that rub against each other when the patient moves. This action causes the metal to release ions, which flow into the bloodstream. As a result, the patient has excessive pain and swelling as well as difficulty walking. The patient might even experience blood poisoning as a result of the metal. Other devices have similar concerns, but they are ultimately less dangerous because the metal is encased and are less likely to cause poisoning.

Another concern regarding DePuy hips is that the devices were put on the market despite studies that showed there were complications and the hips were failing. Even though DePuy executives knew about the problems, the hip devices were still made available to surgeons nationwide.

Complications Associated With Revision Surgery

The failure of the ASR artificial hips causes long-term concerns for patients implanted with them, as many patients have had to be subject to revision surgery. This surgery involves the removal and replacement of the hip device. However, due to damage caused by the implant, revision surgery may be risky for some patients.

This is particularly true for patients who have suffered bone loss or erosion caused by the metal-on-metal implant. Unfortunately, the new hip device might not be as secure as the last one. As a result, the patient has an increased chance of experiencing dislocation or pain.

Paying For Revision Surgery

DePuy is responding to the failure of its ASR hip devices by helping patients gain access to and paying for their revision surgery. It has set up a reimbursement program, which assists patients and their health plans with getting coverage for appropriate evaluations and treatments. This program allows patients to submit their costs directly related to the recall, including medical costs, lost wages and travel expenses.

However, some patients have difficulties with this reimbursement program because it is known to be cumbersome and restrictive. Before you sign any DePuy paperwork, contact our legal representatives first. We can review your documents to ensure you will be getting what you deserve.