Nearly half of DePuy ASR hip implant patients in Ireland may need 2nd surgery

RTÉ News of Ireland reports that nearly 1,700 of the 3,500 people who received a DePuy ASR hip implant subject to the International recall will require surgery to replace the defective DePuy ASR hip implant.

A medical engineering expert at Newcastle University, Dr. Thomas Joyce, said that the danger of the DePuy ASR hip implant is not only mechanical failure but metal poisoning.

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Metal poisoning from the device is caused when the ball and the socket of the hip implant rub — a metal-on-metal contact — which creates a fine metal dust containing cobalt and chromium ions which can cause inflammation in the hip joint and surrounding tissue and can also can lead to other health problems including kidney damage and heart problems.

DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, issued a world-wide recall of the product in August of 2010. DePuy said that they thought that only 12% of the 3,500 Irish implant patients would require a revision, or second surgery.

If you have a recalled DePuy implant,ASR XL Acetabular System or ASR Hip Resurfacing System, contact The Farber Law Group, a personal injury and product liability law firm who is knowledgeable about your rights when it comes to seeking compensation for a defective DePuy hip implant. Herbert G. Farber, the firm’s founder, has himself undergone two hip implant surgeries and through his own experience and research is extremely knowledgeable about hip replacement surgery and medical devices.

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