DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, isn't the first company to issue a recall on hip implant prosthetics. As a South Carolina personal injury lawyer, I have experience with current and past device recalls, and the different reasons companies issue such recalls.
DePuy devices were recalled August 26, 2010 on its ASR XL Acetabular System metal-on-metal hip implants. The devices were sold globally and are being investigated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which received more than 400 complaints, along with investigators in Britain.
In January 2008, Stryker Corporation recalled its Trident PSL and Hemispherical Acetabular hip replacement cups. Patients who received Stryker cups reported issues for nearly three years, from 2005 to 2008. Some of the reported issues involved pain, trouble walking, decreased flexibility, squeaking noises, crunchy sensations from the implant, breaking implants and uneven wear of the device's components.
DuPuy is experiencing some of the same problems Stryker had with its devices, as well as reports of metal poisoning.
There are many reasons why a device can fail and how an ill-constructed device can cause pain and suffering among patients. As a DePuy hip recall lawyer, I have experience covering many cases involving hip implant failure due to device malfunction and surgery complications. If you received hip replacement surgery using a DePuy prosthetic and are now experiencing pain or have undergone a revision surgery to fix problems related to the recalled item, contact a hip recall attorney.