It has been approximately 18 months since DePuy recalled two types of its ASR hip implants.
What was Recalled and Why
The DePuy ASR ™ XL Acetabular System and the DePuy ASR ™Hip Resurfacing System were recalled amid safety concerns. The recall came after data from the U.K. indicated that 12% of patients who received the ASR ™ Resurfacing System needed revision surgery within five years of implant and that 13% of patients who received the ASR ™ replacement system needed revision surgery within five years of implant. These percentages are higher than revisions surgery rates for other types of hip implant devices.
What Patients with DePuy ASR Hip Systems Should Do Now
As DePuy ASR news continues to break, patients are urged to know their options for fixing a failed DePuy hip replacement. Surgery may be the only option available, though surgery is, of course, not without risks, pain and financial costs. For this reason, patients who received one of the recalled DePuy hip implant systems between July 2003 and August 2010 are encouraged to see their physicians for an evaluation and to learn more about the symptoms that may require prompt medical treatment.
Unfortunately, the 2010 DePuy ASR hip recall does not mean that patients are no longer at risk. Hip failures may still continue to occur and patients may still suffer.