Since DePuy issued a nationwide recall of all ASR hip replacement implants in August 2010, the need for national registries to track and monitor the success and failure rates of prosthetic hips has becoming increasingly apparent. An estimated 93,000 individuals were affected by the DePuy ASR recall. Given this staggering amount, two doctors’ groups have created databases to track the more than 700,000 total hip and knee replacement surgeries that take place in the United States each year. By keeping records of which hip implants fail prematurely, hopefully situations such as the DePuy ASR debacle can be avoided in the future. The two separate registries recently created are the American Joint Replacement Registry and the University of Massachusetts Medical School Registry. Both will follow and build on models of national registries currently in place in Australia and Sweden.

American Joint Replacement Registry

Organized by members of the orthopedic industry, the American Joint Replacement Registry is funded by orthopedists, prosthetic manufacturers, insurance companies and hospitals. Beginning as a pilot program in December 2010, the group started by collecting data from 16 hospitals; however it intends to roll out the data collection system nationwide by the end of this year. Chairman David Lewallen stated that the goal of the registry is to “get basic information and plot survivorship curves for implants, so we know when they go in and when they come out.” To date, the American Joint Replacement Registry has raised $1.7 million in funding from sources such as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and AdvaMed, a trade association that represents medical device manufacturers.

University of Massachusetts Medical School Registry

A $12 million grant from the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, which is a division of the U.S. Department of Health Care and Human Services, allowed for the creation of a second registry, which is being run by the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Unlike the American Joint Replacement Registry, this one will be funded by the federal government and will track the experiences – including patient assessment – of more than 30,000 individuals who receive hip or knee implants each year.

DePuy ASR Recall Hip Replacement Lawsuit

If you or a loved one has experienced any problems as a result of a DePuy ASR hip replacement implant, you may be able to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and more. Contact one of our lawyers today for a free and confidential DePuy ASR recall lawsuit evaluation. The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP have extensive litigation experience and have recovered billions of dollars for their clients. In addition to being staunch advocates for your claim, our hip replacement injury lawyers also provide personal attention to guide you through the complex litigation process.

Published November 17, 2011 by