ASR Hip Implants in Recall

Hip Replacement Implants Involved in the Recall

On August 26, 2010 DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson issued a recall on two hip implant devices manufactured. The hip recall was announced after a research report released by the National Joint Registry (NJR) found that DePuy’s hip implants have a high failure rate of 12% to 13%.

The orthopedic manufacturer sold 93,000 hip replacement implants worldwide. The two hip implant devices were the:

  • ASR XL Acetabular System, a hip socket used in the “traditional” replacement surgery in which a portion of the patient’s thigh bone is removed
  • ASR Hip Resurfacing System, designed for “partial” replacements. (This procedure involves placing a metal cap over the ball of the human femur in an effort to save more bone.)

The ASR XL Acetabular or “traditional” system was sold in the United States and worldwide whereas the ASR Hip Resurfacing System was only sold outside of America.