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DePuy Hip Implant Problems
Some problems have been reported by patients that have received a hip implant manufactured by DePuy Orthopaedics, a Johnson & Johnson company. In fact, two of these systems were recalled in August 2012 due to premature failures in many patients. If you or someone you love has required revision surgery following DePuy hip implant problems, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact our defective hip lawyers today for a free evaluation of your case.
DePuy ASR™ Hip System Recall
DePuy recalled two of its artificial hip implants in August 2010 because of high failure rates in patients.
The two recalled implants are:
- ASR™ XL System, sold both in the U.S. and around the world from 2008 to 2009
- ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System, sold outside the U.S. from late 2005 to 2009
Hip implant problems were associated with a loosening of the acetabular cup, the socket portion of the ball and socket hip joint. When the implant becomes loose, the patient will experience severe pain and swelling in the area. The patient will require a second surgery, known as revision surgery to replace the failed implant.
Another problem that has been linked to the recalled implants has to do with the metal-on-metal design. As the metal components rub against each other, metal particles can shed off into the patient's body. Problems associated with the metal particles include:
- Irritated bone and soft tissues in the area of the implant
- If the metal particles migrate through the bloodstream to other areas of the body, they can cause serious damage to tissues and organs throughout the body
Many patients reported that their DePuy hip implants failed before five years of implantation and sometimes as soon as three years. The average lifespan of a hip implant is 15 years.
Symptoms of a Defective Hip Implant
Indications that something is wrong with a hip implant include:
- A feeling that the hip is not in place
- Pain deep in the groin
- Difficulty when rising to standing from a seated position
- Increasing pain when walking
- A clicking, popping, or creaking sound when walking
According to orthopedic surgeons, one reason the artificial cup was coming loose was its design. Because the acetabulum was too shallow, it was difficult to insert surgically. In addition, because of its shallowness, the acetabular part could not adequately hold onto the femoral head portion of the implant. While the acetabulum is the cup-shaped portion of the ball and socket joint, the femoral head is a round structure that completes the joint.
The natural femoral head is a ball-shaped structure atop a person's femur (thigh bone). The prosthetic head is a ball-shaped object that sits on top of a metallic stem that is inserted into the patient's thigh bone.
Contact a Defective Hip Implant Lawyer
If you or someone you love has gone through (or is in need of) painful and costly revision surgery to fix a failed hip implant, our attorneys can help you. While DePuy has offered to pay for the cost of the revision surgery, our attorneys feel this is not enough.
We represent individuals in defective hip implant claims and fight to recover compensation to not only pay for the cost of surgery, but also to make up for other losses, including pain and suffering and a decreased quality of life. To find out if you qualify for a claim, please contact us today. We provide free and confidential case reviews for prospective clients.