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I received a DePuy ASR hip implant in 2009. I have never had problems, but my hip has started feeling sore and stiff. What are the warning signs of hip implant failure?

If you have a DePuy ASR hip implant, it is only natural that you are concerned about hip implant failure. Numerous studies—including internal analysis conducted by DePuy’s parent company Johnson & Johnson—have found that these devices can fail long before the 20 or 30 years that a hip implant is expected to last. In fact, the Johnson & Johnson study determined that more than 40 percent of ASR hip implants will fail within five years of implantation.

DePuy recalled the ASR hip implants in 2010 because of the high failure rate. That was four years ago. Anyone who still has an ASR hip implant is at risk of hip failure.

Warning Signs of DePuy ASR Hip Implant Failure:

  • Hip pain
  • Back pain
  • Groin pain
  • Leg pain
  • Stiffness in the hips
  • A feeling of instability in the hip joint
  • Difficulty walking, sitting, or standing
  • Swelling of hip flexor muscles
  • Bone loss in the hip joint
  • A clicking, crunching, or popping sound in the hip
  • A bone scan that shows increased metabolic activity near the implanted device
  • Bone loss around the hip joint
  • Fever and other signs of infection
  • Unusual fatigue


If you experience any of the early signs of hip failure, contact your doctor immediately. Hip implant failure can cause infection, bone damage, and tissue loss. You will need hip revision surgery to prevent further damage to your body. The hip implant will be removed and replaced with another artificial hip.

Hip revision surgery is risky and expensive. While most victims of early hip implant failure are eligible for medical compensation, this compensation does not make up for your pain and suffering. A DePuy ASR class action lawsuit can help you get accountability. Read about DePuy ASR class action lawsuits in our book, DePuy Hip Replacement: What You Need to Know About It. Then call Hupy and Abraham at 800-800-5678 to discuss your case in a FREE consultation.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham