South Carolinians who have received a DePuy Acetabular Cup System (ASR) hip replacement could require a replacement for their hip replacement at a higher rate than other types of implants. South Carolina defective products lawyers read information claiming the ASR can fail as soon as one year after initial replacement surgery. Failure can cause excruciating hip pain and may require additional surgery to replace the failed implant.
DePuy's ASR hip replacement has been recalled due to a growing number of patients with this particular replacement experiencing hip failures and other complications, allegedly stemming from the defective design of the implant. It has been suggested by orthopedic experts that because of the implant's design it has an extremely low probability of proper placement, making the failure rate for the ASR much higher than other types of hip replacements.
Also, because the ASR is a metal-on-metal hip implant there is the possibility of metal particles shedding into the body over time as the replacement wears down. This wear and tear could damage tissue and bone around the replacement causing a loosening of the hip. A recent study in the United Kingdom found that 3.4% of the 660 patients studied suffered from adverse reactions from metal debris shed from the ASR.