Have You Suffered From Severe Adverse Effects Following a DePuy Hip Replacement Surgery?
Approximately 300,000 people will undergo total hip replacement surgery in the United States each year. Hip replacement surgery is designed to help patients regain their mobility and independence, depending on the age of the patient, a majority of hip replacements can be expected to last between 10 and 20 years. Unfortunately, some hip implant devices have been found to fail at much higher rates than others and are causing serious health problems for many patients.
Recalled DePuy Hip Implant Devices
DePuy® orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, had two of its hip implant devices recalled by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
- DePuy® ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System
- DePuy® ASR™ XL Acetubular™ System
These devices were removed from the market in 2010 after having been linked to high rates of failure and debilitating side-effects. Prior to this recall, an estimated 93,000 patients worldwide received a DePuy ASR hip implant.
Dangerous Side Effects
One reason these devices were recalled is that they are constructed using metal components that rub together and corrode during normal use. This corrosion causes flakes of metal to splinter off and enter the blood stream, bone and tissue surrounding the implanted device.
This corrosion causes painful side effects including:
- Cobalt or chromium poisoning
- High levels of metal in the bloodstream, a condition known as metallosis
- Pain in the groin, hip or leg
- Painful and pronounced limp
- Swelling on and around the hip joint
- Revision surgery
A majority of patients that received a DePuy ASR hip implant had to undergo a second, or “revision” surgery, to remove the defective device. Revision surgeries can be dangerous and lead to painful and expensive rehabilitation.
DePuy has set aside billions of dollars to settle claims brought by injured patients that required revision surgery. If you or a loved one suffered from a defective DePuy hip implant after hip replacement surgery, call the Attorney Injury Group for help.
Even if you haven’t experienced any problems with your hip replacement, it is important to speak with your doctor to make sure that your hip implant device is functioning normally.
The Attorney Injury Group will fight aggressively to protect your rights. If you or a loved one suffer from severe complications following a DePuy Hip Replacement surgery call the experienced medical device recall attorneys at the Attorney Injury Group for help. Call us today at 617-934-7000 for a FREE, confidential consultation. When you call our experienced Massachusetts medical device recall lawyers, we will investigate every detail of your case at no cost to you.
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