If you have received one of the DePuy ASR hip replacements it is worth contacting our solicitors and your doctor for advice, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms.
In 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics (a Johnson and Johnson company) recalled the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System and DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The implants were found to be leaking high amounts of cobalt and chromium into the body, causing a number of painful symptoms and tissue damage. They were also linked with non-cancerous tumours.
The failure rates of the DePuy ASR are also very high. According to the British Orthopaedic Association, DePuy ASR failure rates range from 21% after 4 years to 49% after six years.
Symptoms that may be linked to a defective metal on metal hip replacement include:
- Pain in the groin or hip area
- Difficulty walking
- Clicking of your hip
- Numbness or loss of feeling in your leg
Around the world, 93,000 people are thought to have received the DePuy ASR implants. Many affected patients in Scotland have had to have corrective surgery or are still living in a lot of pain.
If you received the DePuy ASR you should have been contacted by your doctor - and you should contact us as soon as possible, as you might well be entitled to make a no win no fee compensation claim.
You should also contact us as soon as you become aware of problems with your metal on metal hip replacement.
It is understood that DePuy have engaged a company, Broadspire, to try and keep the amount of compensation they have to pay to people like you to a minimum. It is therefore important that you seek independent legal advice before signing any documents related to your defective metal on metal hip replacement.