Patients affected by the DePuy hip recall continue to explore their legal options including filing a DePuy lawsuit. It was during the year 2005 that the FDA gave a special approval to DePuy Orthaepedics to promote their ASR devices without any clinical trials which are usually conducted to test the efficiency of the products. During the year 2008, the FDA received more than 400 complaints regarding these devices from those who had undergone the hip replacements in the first instance. However, it was not until the August of this year did DePuy recall its products. It was in March of this year that a study revealed that these hip replacements had a higher than normal failure rates and in fact it was as high as 12%. This meant that one out of every eight patients was going to be affected because of the hip replacement.
What the study discovered was that some of the reasons for the failure of the ASR XL Acetabular were due to the loosening of components, metal sensitivity, fracture, dislocation, pain, infection and malalignment of components. There were also other reasons like nerve damage, necrosis, swelling, muscular damage, tissue damage, bone staining and increased levels of metal ions in the blood. What the study said further was that all the affected people would need to undergo a revision surgery. This led to the demand for DePuy Hip recall but the company resisted the move forcing people to file lawsuits. However, it was not until August of this year that the DePuy hip replacement recall happened when the company issued a recall of the ASR devices that have been implanted in patients.
For those people who had undergone the hip replacement surgery, the news that the implants in one out of eight patients may fail came as a shocker. The DePuy Hip recall involves one of the biggest names in the implant business. The DePuy hip recall introduced during the month of August this year has witnessed the recall of the ASR XL Acetabular devices. According to DePuy Orthopedics, the company would be assisting the patients as well as the suppliers by providing them with all the required particulars regarding the cost of visits to their doctors, the compensation for other related surgeries.
DePuy hip implants have been used in more than ninety three thousand hip replacement surgeries. This means that it could face the possibility of thousands of DePuy lawsuits regarding the DePuy hip replacement recall. If you are one of those patients who has undergone a hip replacement with the ASR XL products, then it is suggested that you find yourself a suitable and well experienced lawyer who can file a DePuy lawsuit so that you can get an appropriate compensation when the case gets decided by the courts.
The first DePuy ASR lawsuit was filed during June of this year, following which there have been many lawsuits that have been filed. According to the details in the first case, DePuy has been accused of knowing about the defects very early but allegedly chose not to act upon them and did not also inform the patients as well as the doctors about the problems that could arise out of these defects.