Bernstein Liebhard LLP reports on a recent study concluding that new artificial joint replacements, which include metal-on-metal hip implants, do not perform any better than older models.*  In addition, due to their high failure rates, these metal-on-metal implants are expected to cost billions of dollars in coming years.**  According to a new study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 30 percent of artificial hip and knee implants introduced over a recent five year period have higher failure rates than older, less expensive designs.  In conducting the study, researchers reviewed data from Australia’s orthopedic registry on artificial implants that were introduced between 2003 and 2007.  These artificial hips include the metal-on-metal implants that were the subject of the August 2010 DePuy ASR artificial hip recall.  A metal-on-metal implant is a device in which both the artificial ball and joint are made of metal.  When these two pieces rub against each other, metal debris is released into the surrounding area.  The metal debris damages the tissue in the hip area, ultimately leading to hip replacement failure.  Legal and medical experts anticipate that the high failure rates associated with metal-on-metal hip implants will cost taxpayers, insurers and employers billions of dollars, contributing to the rising cost of health care.

High Failure Rates Associated With Metal-On-Metal Artificial Hips

Although the metal-on-metal artificial hip implants were designed to last at least 15 years, recent research suggests that the tens of thousands of patients who received the metal-on-metal implants will experience premature hip replacement failure.  This latest review concluded that “not only has the introduction of this technology been potentially detrimental to patient care, but the current approach may be an important driver of increased health care costs.”  According to the Australian study, patients and taxpayer-financed health care programs are paying high costs because the metal-on-metal implants were introduced and used without proper clinical testing.

Hip Replacement Lawsuits Rising

According to the New York Times, more than 5,000 hip replacement lawsuits have been filed; 3,500 of these hip replacement lawsuits involve the metal-on-metal DePuy ASR hip replacement implants.  The lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are actively filing cases on behalf of individuals allegedly injured by artificial metal-on-metal hip implants in the following actions:  In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2197”), which is currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio; and In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation (“MDL No. 2244”), which is currently underway in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

For more information about filing a DePuy ASR lawsuit, contact an attorney at Bernstein Liebhard LLP at (877) 779-1414 or at

* New Models of Hip and Knee Implants Not Better Study Finds

** The High Cost of Failing Artificial Hips

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