DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a division of Johnson and Johnson, recalled its ASR XL Acetabular metal-on-metal hip replacement system on August 24, 2010. This recall came after data from a recent study indicated that the five year failure rate of this product is approximately 13%, or 1 in 8 patients. DePuy identified reasons for the failure of the hip replacement system as component loosening, component malalignment, infection, fracture of the bone, dislocation, metal sensitivity and pain. Additional complications from the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular hip replacement system may include increased metal ion levels in the blood, bone staining, necrosis, swelling, nerve damage, tissue damage and/or muscle damage.
The DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System first became available in 2005 in the United States. If you had a hip replacement surgery during or after 2005 and know you received a DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System, or if you are unsure what type of hip replacement system you received, please schedule an appointment with your orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible. Please speak to your physician about the need to perform certain blood tests to measure the level of metal ions in your blood. According to DePuy, these levels may be high even if you are not experiencing any symptoms.
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Click here to read the DePuy ASR XL recall notice.