DePuy Orthopaedics, acquired by Johnson & Johnson, issued a voluntary recall of its ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Resurfacing Platforms that were implanted after July 2003. If a patient had a hip surgery prior to July 2003, those patients are not affected by the recall. DePuy cites that the reason for its recall is the unexpected number of complaints of pain and other symptoms by patients who have received either a total hip replacement or an ASR Hip Resurfacing Platform. Further, DePuy states that their studies have shown that 1 in 8 patients who received the ASR resurfacing device required a second (revision) surgery, while 1 in 8 of patients who received the total hip replacement surgery required a revision surgery.
DePuy will continue to test and study its hip resurfacing and hip replacement products, however, patients may require a second surgery.
Patients who received hip surgeries after July 2003 should consult their orthopaedic surgeon regarding their hip replacement.
If you were implanted with a DePuy hip replacement device and are having problems with the device, please contact Sheller, P.C. at 1-800-883-2299.