The ASR XL Acetabular System is one of the full hip replacement systems that utilizes a traditional femoral ball and stem design. The metal socket of the ASR XL is placed in the acetabulum to connect the femur and the hip. The single socket design is a featured component of the implant’s structure and also has the customized capability for larger patients.
The poor design of the ASR XL prevents the flow of synovial fluid that lubricates the joints during movement. Without the synovial fluid, the hip implant comes into contact with the femoral head and socket. The friction creates debilitating pain around the hip and throughout the body. As this reaction builds, metal ions poison the bloodstream and infect the body, with serious and life threatening results. Patients are exposed to bone deterioration, tissue and brain damage, and increased loss of mobility among other possible symptoms.
The evidence that the ASR XL implant was not only poorly designed, but is also a threat to the patient’s lives comes from personal testimonies about the device’s side effects. Even doctors have acknowledged that the high failure rate of the DePuy implant is detrimental to the well-being of hip replacement patients. Even after several reports about the ineffectiveness of the ASR XL, DePuy continued to market the implant, creating higher medical costs and aggravating the health conditions of thousands worldwide.
If you’re a patient who has received the Depuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip Replacement System, do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at Parker McDonald, P.C. and Harrison Davis Steakley Morrison, P. C. We are available to represent patients with potential lawsuits against the defective DePuy hip implant.