DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary, has agreed to pay $4 million to the state of Oregon to settle a lawsuit filed by the state. It was alleged that DePuy failed to disclose to physicians and patients that its hip implants had a high rate of failure. According to the Oregon Department of Justice, this is the first settlement of its kind. DePuy has previously settled thousands of suits over the ASR XL implant, which was recalled in 2010. DePuy still faces thousands of lawsuits in both federal and state courts.
Symptoms & Causes
ASR patients who required revision surgery have reported a variety of symptoms before having the revision surgery, including pain, swelling and problems walking. These symptoms are not unusual immediately after hip replacement surgery. If the symptoms continue or come back, you should consult with your surgeon.
Symptoms such as pain, swelling or problems walking might be caused by:
The implant does not stay attached to the bone in the correct position.
The bone around the implant may have broken.
The two parts of the implant that move against each other are no longer aligned.