Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay nearly $2.5 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits related to two recalled hip replacement products manufactured by its artificial joint replacement company, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. The settlement also allows patients whose hip replacements fail in the future to seek compensation, which means billions of dollars may still be available for injured victims who require additional hip surgeries.
DePuy recalled the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System after data showed that 1-in-8 patients needed revision surgeries within five years. Serious pain and difficulty walking can result from a faulty hip replacement, and revision surgeries can be painful and expensive.
The hip implant recall affects an estimated 93,000 replacement systems and more than 29 different models of hip replacement implants.
What Hip Replacement Products Were Recalled?
DePuy recalled the following hip replacement products:
ASR Hip Resurfacing System
ASR XL Acetabular System
According to The Associated Press, the ASR XL was introduced in 2004 and was sold worldwide. The ASR Hip Resurfacing System was introduced in 2003 and was exclusively available outside the United States.
How Can I Tell if I Have a Recalled Hip Device?
DePuy suggests contacting your orthopaedic surgeon to determine if your hip implant is a recalled model and eligible for the global settlement. If you don’t know who performed your hip replacement surgery, ask your primary care physician or someone at the hospital where the surgery took place.
What Is Total Joint Replacement?
Total joint replacement, also known as arthroplasty, utilizes modern polymers and metals combined with advanced techniques to create artificial joints capable of mimicking the natural actions of the human body while alleviating the extreme pain caused by musculoskeletal conditions such as hip damage caused by a serious injury or by conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Serious injury and aging are the main causes necessitating joint replacement procedures. There are more than half a million of these procedures performed every year. Musculoskeletal conditions are the most common worldwide cause of severe, long-term pain and physical disability, accounting for $254 billion in medical expenditures in the United States every year.
What Should I Do if I Received a Defective Hip Replacement Component?
Always consult your doctor or physician regarding health-related issues, but if you or someone you care about received defective joint replacement components and had to have another surgery to correct this condition, we would like to speak with you right away. Call us or fill out a free online consultation form for an immediate evaluation of your case.
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