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DePuy Recalls More Metal-on-Metal Artificial Hips

Nearly two-and-a-half years after it recalled its defective ASR artificial hip system, DePuy’s parent company Johnson & Johnson has recalled its “Adept” brand metal-on-metal hip replacement system. DePuy recalled these artificial hips for almost identical reasons as were given when it recalled its ASR hips – higher than expected failure rate requiring revision surgeries. Just as with other metal-on-metal hip systems, the DePuy Adept hip implants present numerous complications to patients once implanted. Metal particles are released when the metal liner and metal femoral neck grind, causing metallosis and blood toxicity. Further problems include hip dislocations, increased joint pain, decreased mobility, strength and stamina, pseudotumors, infections, and tissue and bone necrosis. Many patients require painful and complicated revision surgeries to remove the hardware.

DePuy’s recall of its Adept hips involves only the top part of the system – the metal ball that fits into the metal artificial hip socket. DePuy sold approximately 7,500 of these systems worldwide from 2004 through 2011. Johnson & Johnson announced that it sold the hip systems in over 20 countries, but not in the U.S. This latest recall only adds to the scrutiny that Johnson & Johnson is under for its metal-on-metal DePuy hip implants.

While it does not appear that there will be any litigation in Massachusetts or New England regarding these hips systems, the recall once again illustrates the defective and dangerous nature of metal-on-metal artificial hip systems. SUGARMAN’s hip recall lawyers continue to investigate and litigate claims on behalf of patients who have had a defective metal-on-metal hip implanted. If you are experiencing problems with your metal-on-metal artificial hip replacement, whether it be manufactured by DePuy, Stryker, Smith & Nephew or another company, please call one of our personal injury attorneys, Stephen Sugarman or Benjamin Zimmermann, at 617-542-1000 or e-mail ssugarman@sugarman.com or bzimmermann@sugarman.com to discuss your potential product liability case.