In August 2010, DePuy Orthopaedics (a division of Johnson & Johnson) recalled two hip-replacement units: the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. According to DePuy, more than 10,000 patients in the UK received one of these two products implanted between 2003 and 2010.
A design flaw in these metal-on-metal replacements led to some dangerous side effects. One such effect being that metal particles could be released into a patient’s bloodstream, causing reactions such as swelling due to build-up of fluid. In addition, the metal cap attached to the femur could come loose, resulting in a bone fracture or dislocation of the ball from the socket.
Slater and Gordon represented a number of people who suffered from swelling, pain, skin rashes and difficulty walking due to their faulty hip replacement. For some patients, the severe side effects resulted in the need for a second surgery to remove and replace the faulty ASR device.
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