This class action lawsuit has been filed against the companies that manufactured and distributed the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, implants used in hip replacement and resurfacing surgery. Health Canada issued a recall notice in August 2010.
The lawsuit alleges that the implants have an unreasonably high failure rate when compared with other, similar devices. It also alleges that people implanted with the products in Canada suffered personal injuries when their hip implants failed.
If you were implanted with either the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip System or DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System in Canada please complete the Do You Qualify? form or contact us for more information.
In recent years, many patients who have received “metal-on-metal” hip implants like the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular Hip System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System, have started to experience harm from metal debris and metal ions released into their bloodstream and tissue surrounding their implant.
A metal-on-metal hip implant is one in which both the ball and socket of the product are made of metal. Many surgeons recommended metal-on-metal hip implants to physically active patients because they believed that the metal was durable enough to last longer than alternative implant systems that integrate ceramic or polyethylene.
But patients are now appearing with symptoms of “metallosis” which has been found to cause problems such as pseudotumors, soft-tissue masses relating to the affected joint. Medical literature has also identified cardiomyopathy, thyroid dysfunction, and neurological changes resulting from metal-on-metal implants. In order to combat the problems associated with metallosis, patients must often undergo new hip implant replacements and additional surgery to remove the threat of metal release and to repair soft tissue and muscle damage.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration notes that patients with metal-on-metal implants should be aware of potential symptoms that may indicate that their implant is not functioning properly, including pain in the groin, hip or leg, swelling at or near the hip joint or a limp or change in walking ability.
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