Searcy Law

Problems with Hip & Knee Implants – Recalls and Defects

Ever had hip implant surgery?

Hip implant is tough surgery and, although the recovery time has improved, it is still a lengthy and difficult rehabilitation period.

The prospect for patients of facing a second surgery to replace the hip implant you just had installed is scary, demoralizing and…should not have happened.

Since last summer, three hip implant devices have been recalled or identified as being defective:

  • Johnson & Johnson’s Depuy ASR XL Acetabular System
  • Johnson & Johnson’s Depuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System
  • Zimmer Durom Hip Cup Implant

The Depuy implants, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson involve over 95,000 people in the United States alone. To their credit, the Depuy recall was a voluntary recall by Johnson & Johnson. That may be due to their familiarity with recalls; having eleven products subject to a variety of recalls since late 2009.

At the time of the Depuy recall, a Johnson& Johnson spokesperson recommended that any patient who received the ASR XL Acetabular System or the ASR Hip Resurfacing System should consult with their surgeon for immediate evaluation. The recall affects patients with one of 29 various models of the defective hip implant devices.

The Zimmer implant devices may involve both hip and knee implants. The hip implant devices manufactured by Zimmer are called the Zimmer Durom Hip Cup and the knee implant device is called NexGen CR-Flex.

Although Zimmer maintains their hip and knee implant devices are just fine and blame all the problems on the many physicians who performed the surgery on patients, Zimmer was warned as early as 2008 by its own paid expert that these devices might be defective.

The first Hip Replacement Lawsuit was filed this past August and it is expected to demonstrate a lack of appropriate testing of the new components.