In August 2010 DePuy, a division of Johnson & Johnson recalled its DePuy ASR (articular surface replacement) hip device. These implant products were recalled due to growing international concerns about the high failure rate associated with them. Patients in Ireland who received the DePuy ASR hip implants were recalled by their hospitals for repeat x-rays, metal – ion blood testing and x-rays to establish whether their hip implant devices were functioning correctly or not.
What are the problems associated with the DePuy ASR hip implant?
The DePuy ASR implant devices were designed in a way that made them likely to wear much more than they should. The metal cup into which the metal ball of the artificial hip fitted was believed to be the more effective component as it was designed to be less than a full hemisphere so that the operation to fit it into the patient’s hip would be less invasive. The larger the cup, the more hip bone would have to be removed to allow it to be fitted.
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Simultaneously the failure of the hip co-insided with the release of chromium and cobalt ions into the patient’s blood stream. Most responsible surgeons are recommending that the ASR devices are removed.
DePuy Orthopaedics plans to phase out sales of all metal/non-metal hip implants from the end of August 2013 as a result of slowing sales.
We are currently acting on behalf of many patients who have received these defective hip implants. If you wish to obtain information with regard to your right to claim compensation please feel free to contact Liam Moloney, Solicitor today at 045 898000.
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