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This past week, DePuy Orthopedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson , Warsaw, Ind. announced the recall of 93,000 ASR devices . The reason is a 2010 report from the National Joint Registry of England and Wales that assessed the five-year rates of replacement surgeries among hip replacement patients across sizes for the two products.

The AS replacement rate for the Hip Resurfacing System was 12% and 13% for the XL Acetabular System, with the highest replacement numbers being female patients and those with replacement hip head sizes smaller than 50 mm (just under 2 inches) in diameter.

This recall involves two orthopedic hip replacements, the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and the ASR XL Acetabular System.

Those that have received these implants are instructed to:

  • Be alert for signs that the replacement hip is loosening, the presence of bone fracturing around the replacement site, or dislocation of implant, which may lead to symptoms such as pain and dysfunction.
  • Contact their healthcare provider to determine the make of their replacement hip or submit an authorization form to the company, so they may contact the provider and determine whether or not their product was used in the surgery.

Consumers who required revisionary surgery may submit a claim to DePuy for reimbursement of medical expenses related to replacing an ASR system. For more information, consumers can contact contact DePuy at 888-627-2677 or by visiting the firm’s Web site at

Of interest the website does request medical authorizations so that they can contact the person’s doctors. My advice is to at least talk to a knowledgeable attorney about the affects of signing anything before you do that.

If you or a family member is injured by a product, you need to get immediate medical care. If there is a significant affect or injury, you should contact an attorney concerning the problem. Early investigation can include the collection of product, checking recall alerts, and the proper notifying of those who caused the problem.

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