DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. has announced the voluntary recall of its ASR XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System due to a relatively high percentage of secondary hip surgeries. At least 12 to 13 percent of patients who received either the Acetabular System or the Hip Resurfacing System have required follow-up surgeries and five-year revisions, leading to DePuy’s notification of the recall to the Food and Drug Administration.
David Floyd, President of DePuy Orthopaedics, released a statement regarding this recall, claiming: “We regret that this recall will be concerning for patients, their family members and surgeons. We are committed to assisting patients and health care providers by providing information through multiple channels and paying for the cost of doctor visits, tests and procedures associated with the recall.”
DePuy also announced in 2009 that the ASR devices would be discontinued due to the advanced technology in other competing hip replacement devices, as well as the company’s own advancement efforts.
The Hip Resurfacing System has been available since 2003 for use outside the U.S., whereas the Acetabular System has been in use in the U.S. and worldwide since 2004. Both systems have been highly preferred by surgeons in cases of young patients because of the initially reduced chance of dislocation provided by both devices. However, with the revelation of the percentages of failure, DePuy is urging patients who have received these devices in transplants to make appointments with their physicians to see if follow-up surgeries are necessary. Women who have received the transplants have reportedly been at risk for the highest rate of device failure.
Patients who have received either of these devices in transplant surgeries and have questions about the recall can contact DePuy Monday through Saturday between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. EST at (888) 627-2677. Patients outside the U.S. can contact DePuy at +1 (813) 287-1651 24 hours a day. DePuy will compensate patients for costs of monitoring and treating problems, as well as surgeries involving their ASR devices.
If you or a loved one has required secondary surgeries or experienced serious side effects or health complications from DePuy’s ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System, contact Newsome Law Firm and fill out a case evaluation form today. Our team of attorneys has experience specific to complications associated with defective medical equipment. Not only can they give you the legal guidance you need, they can help you get the compensation you deserve.