Hip Implant Failure

If your hip implant fails prematurely, you might be eligible for financial compensation. Hip implant failures are painful and can cause a person to be unable to participate in normal everyday activities for a long time. Our defective hip implant attorneys help affected patients seek and recover compensation for implants that fail. Compensation can include medical costs, lost wages, lost enjoyment of life and pain and suffering. Contact us for a free case review.

Hip Implant Failure Symptoms

The following symptoms may indicate a hip implant has failed. The failure could be due to dislocation of the ball from the socket prosthesis, a fracture of the femur or thigh bone, a break in the implant's femoral head, loosening of the implant, infection at the implant site, or weakening of the bone around the prosthesis.

Symptoms of hip replacement failure include:

  • Pain deep in the groin
  • Swelling in the groin, lower back and hip
  • Difficulty walking
  • Problems moving the leg
  • Difficulty putting weight on the implant side of the body
  • Difficulty rising to a standing position when seated
  • The sensation that the hip is out of place
  • Popping sounds when walking

Analysis for Hip Implant Failure

X-rays will usually detect when a hip implant has failed. The X-rays can detect:

  • Dislocation of the hip
  • Fracture of the patient's bone around the hip
  • Breakage of the neck of the femoral head (the ball part of the joint that is attached to the femoral stem)
  • Loosening of the implant

DePuy Recalls Hip Implants Due to Early Failures

In August 2010, DePuy (pronounced de-pew) Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, announced it was recalling two of its artificial implants. The implants had already been placed in 93,000 patients worldwide. The manufacturer was recalling two of its ASR™ implant systems, the ASR™XL Acetabular System and the ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System due to a higher than normal failure rate.

The ASR™ Acetabular System is a traditional total hip replacement device. The ASR™ Resurfacing System is a partial hip replacement in which the surgeon fits a metal cap upon the ball of the femur (thigh bone). The ASR™ Resurfacing System was not approved for use in the U.S.

Patients having implants before July 2003 need not be concerned about their implants, because that was when the devices were first introduced. Patients who have had DePuy hips fail are eligible for financial compensation for their pain, suffering and the expense of revision surgery.

Revision surgery is more difficult to perform than the original surgery and the recovery time can be longer. The patient must go through the trauma of more surgeries and the extensive pain and rehabilitation of another hip implant.

Contact a Defective Hip Attorney for Help

Patients who have a failed hip deserve to be well compensated for the ordeal they have to go through. If your implant failed early, requiring that you undergo a second surgery, you might be eligible for compensation, even if your implant was not part of a hip recall. To learn more about your eligibility for financial compensation, contact our defective hip implant attorneys today.

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