Depuy Hip Implants

Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina

DePuy Orthopaedics is a Johnson & Johnson company that designs, manufactures, and distributes joint replacement systems. Recently, DePuy issued a worldwide recall for two hip replacement components: the ASR XL Acetabular System, and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. These products have a defective design that may cause debris from metal corrosion to build up in the hip implant recipient’s body. This toxic build-up of metal debris is called metallosis. Metallosis is extremely dangerous.

About the Depuy Hip Implant Recall

Failures of the DePuy hip implant products have been tracked since at least 2008, and DePuy voluntarily recalled their ASR products from the Australian market in 2009. Yet DePuy waited until August 26, 2010 to issue a worldwide recall of its ASR hip replacement systems.

DePuy's products were intended to have a lifespan of around 15 years, but the defective hip implant components have been associated with many symptoms, risks, and even catastrophic failures within a few years of implantation. The internal damage caused by the defective hip replacement components may require affected patients to undergo a painful second surgery to remove and replace the defective hip implant. This second surgery is called a revision surgery.

DePuy Hip Implants: The Dangers of the Metal-on-Metal Design

The recalled DePuy products have a metal-on-metal component that may cause you problems. The metal pieces often corrode after rubbing against one another. The high levels of metal particles generated by this friction can be deposited into the soft tissue around your hip implant. Bodies react in varying ways to high levels of metal debris deposits collecting in the soft tissue. Many of these symptoms can eventually lead to hip replacement failure and the need for a revision surgery.

Negative reactions to the metal debris include:

  • Aseptic lymphocyte dominated vasculitis associated lesion (ALVAL)
  • Pseudotumors / Cysts
  • Tendon damage
  • Bone deterioration (osteolysis)

DePuy Hip Implant Revision Surgery

About 1 in 8 recipients of the recalled DePuy hip implants need revision surgery. Unfortunately, revision surgery often involves more risks and potential complications than your first procedure, leading to increased medical costs, a longer recovery period, more time off work, and other problems. Some patients who undergo a revision surgery to remove the defective DePuy product also become more prone to infection.

You should not have to face the financial and physical consequences of DePuy's neglect on your own. By filing a lawsuit with the help of our experienced Greenville hip implant lawyers, you can fight for the justice and compensation you need to recover from your defective hip implant.

For more information about DePuy hip implant lawsuits, please visit:

Please contact McWhirter, Bellinger & Associates, P.A. today to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced Greenville DePuy hip implant recall lawyer. We represent injured victims of defective medical devices throughout Greenville and Spartanburg, South Carolina.