Depuy Hip Recall FAQs

The answers provided here by the hip implant injury lawyers at Parker McDonald, P.C. and Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison, P.C. are not intended to replace personal medical advice or medical treatment.

Q: Which DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. device was used in the United States and has been recalled?
Q: When would the surgeries involving the recalled DePuy artificial hips have occurred?
Q: If my DePuy ASR device is failing, what symptoms would I have?
Q: Will I need to have another hip replacement surgery?
Q: How many patients will be affected by the recall?
Q: I’ve contacted DePuy and they say they will pay my medical bills. Do I still need a DePuy hip implant lawyer?
Q: If I have a DePuy Pinnacle hip implant should I contact you even though it hasn’t been recalled?
Q: What is the difference between the DePuy ASR and the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant?

Q: Which DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. device was used in the United States and has been recalled?
A: The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System was used in the United States and has been recalled. It is a total hip replacement system that replaces the femoral head of the femur and the surface of the acetabulum.
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Q: When would the surgeries involving the recalled DePuy artificial hips have occurred?
A: DePuy began manufacturing the ASR hip system in 2003 and surgeries using the device began then. The product was not recalled until August 24, 2010. Many of our clients had ASR devices implanted in 2010.
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Q: If my DePuy ASR device is failing, what symptoms would I have?
A: Symptoms include severe pain, swelling near the implant site, difficulty walking, dislocation of the hip, fracture of the bone near the implant site, skin rash, fatigue, limping, crunching or popping noises and tissue inflammation. In addition, the DePuy ASR hip implant uses metal-on-metal surfaces, which can chisel off chromium and cobalt debris due to excessive friction. This metallic debris enters the bloodstream and causes metallosis. Metallosis is an autoimmune response to the presence of heavy metals in the blood. Metallosis is extremely dangerous – it destroys bone, muscle, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Chromium and cobalt in the blood have also been linked to leukemia and other cancers, kidney failure, heart irregularities and chromosomal damage.
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Q: Will I need to have another hip replacement surgery?
A: Based on our work with a former DePuy senior product engineer, chances are in excess of 90% that all patients with a DePuy ASR hip implant will require a revision surgery to remove and replace the defective ASR hip implant. Your doctor will determine if and when a revision surgery is necessary.
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Q: How many patients will be affected by the recall?
A: According to DePuy, 93,000 patients were implanted with a now-recalled DePuy ASR hip implant.
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Q: I’ve contacted DePuy and they say they will pay my medical bills. Do I still need a DePuy hip implant lawyer?
A: YES! You need a lawyer with experience in handling claims against DePuy. DePuy says they will cover “reasonable and customary costs of monitoring and treatment”. However, DePuy will not pay for pain and suffering associated with revision surgery, lost wages, medical complications that may be associated with revision surgery or any permanent physical incapacity. DePuy also demands that patients submit their bills for service to the patient’s insurance company, whether it is Medicare or employer-sponsored health insurance, before they consider paying any medical expenses. It is important to make clear that DePuy offers to pay only for deductibles and co-pays. DEPUY ALSO REQUIRES THAT YOU SIGN A RELEASE OF YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS THAT IN OUR OPINION PERMANENTLY WAIVES YOUR RIGHT TO THE PRIVACY OF YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS. DEPUY ALSO DEMANDS THE RIGHT TO TAKE POSSESSION OF YOUR ASR IMPLANT ONCE IT IS REMOVED FROM YOUR BODY. WE ADVISE IN THE STRONGEST TERMS AGAINST SIGNING ANY PAPERS WHICH DEPUY REQUESTS THAT PATIENTS SIGN.
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Q: If I have a DePuy Pinnacle hip implant should I contact you even though it hasn’t been recalled?
A: Yes, the DePuy Pinnacle utilizes a metal-on-metal design like the recalled ASR device and many Pinnacle patients are experiencing similar symptoms to those who were implanted with an ASR implant, including high levels of metal toxicity in the blood, severe pain, and early failures, which is why many believe a recall will be issued. Additionally, the legal and medical issues regarding DePuy metal-on-metal hip implants are constantly changing, if you hire the hip implant lawyers at Parker McDonald and Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison, you will be kept up to date on all changes related to your hip implant claim.
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Q: What is the difference between the DePuy ASR and the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant?
A: Although the ASR and Pinnacle both contain metal-on-metal systems, there are significant differences between the two. The DePuy ASR is a monoblock design (a solid piece of metal) whereas the Pinnacle uses a modular liner system allowing the surgeon to choose between a metal-on-metal, ceramic-on-polyethylene, or metal-on-polyethylene cup and liner. The ASR is solely a metal-on-metal device. The ASR cup is made of one solid piece of metal, without any holes to facilitate visual confirmation of full seating in the pelvis, compared to the Pinnacle containing an outer shell with at least a dome hole. The Pinnacle outer shell and inner liners are geometrically a full hemi-sphere, as opposed to being sub-hemispheric, with 180 degrees of head coverage, making it somewhat less likely to result in edge loading. Lastly, the Pinnacle liners only accept smaller femoral heads, (36, 32 & 28 mm) whereas the ASR only accepts larger femoral heads.
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