On March 9, 2011, the frightening results of a study conducted by the British Orthopaedic Association in conjunction with the British Hip Society were released. The startling conclusion – DePuy ASR XL hip replacements have a 49 percent failure rate after six years. This means that half of the individuals who received a DePuy ASR XL hip replacement are likely to need revision surgery within six years of the implant date. In August 2010, DePuy recalled both the ASR XL and ASR hip resurfacing system, citing a 12 to 13 percent failure rate in patients within five years. This latest study reveals that the failure rate is four times greater than what DePuy cited when it issued the recall.

Detailed Findings of the U.K. Study

Researchers presented four sets of data during last week’s British Hip Society Annual Conference. Specifically, the study found that that the rate of revision surgeries ranges from 21 percent after four years to 49 percent after six years. However, even these numbers may underestimate what has already become a catastrophic public health issue. The group noted that the 21 percent revision rate at 4 years could rise to 35 percent “if all currently known painful implants progress to revision.” Although researchers limited their remarks to large diameter , the revelation that DePuy understated the ASR XL failure rate by four times has left many asking, “What’s next?”

DePuy Troubles Mount

Prior to the August 2010 recall, an estimated 37,000 ASR XL hip replacements were sold in the United States. To date, DePuy is defending more than 500 hip replacement lawsuits, a number that is likely to skyrocket. Additionally, there are growing concerns over other DePuy hip models, including the DePuy Pinnacle hip implant. Last week, David Floyd, president of DePuy’s artificial hip division, announced his resignation from the company.

DePuy Hip Replacement Lawsuit

If you or a loved one has experienced any problems as a result of a DePuy hip 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 hip 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