Dangers of the DePuy Hip Replacement Implant Recall
Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Oct 11, 2010 in Defective Products
Many people experience problems with their hips, especially as they age. The hip is a joint that can wear down like any other part of the body, but when this wear-and-tear affects this part of the body, it can be extremely painful and all but completely eliminate someone's ability to move. Therefore, in recent years there have been an increasing number of patients who have had hip replacement procedures done, and one of the leading manufacturers of artificial hip replacement parts is DePuy Orthopedics. Two types of products in particular have sold extremely well, but unfortunately the need for DePuy hip replacement recall lawyers has risen sharply because of serious problems that those who use these products have encountered. Below is a brief overview of the dangers of the recalled DePuy hip replacement implant parts.
Defective Hip Replacement and Resurfacing Models Affected by the DePuy Recall
Over time, there have been two particular products that have sold particularly well for DePuy. These products are known as the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. Experts have estimated that as many as 93,000 units of these products have been implanted in patients who have sought hip replacement procedures to relieve their pain. Unfortunately, more than 400 reports of serious problems with these products ultimately led to a full recall of both lines of these products.
Dangers Discovered with Recalled DePuy Hip Replacement and Resurfacing Products
The reasons for the DePuy hip replacement recall were clear. Problems that arose with these products included the tendency for the replacement metal bearings in the artificial joint to wear down and to release metal particles into the body. In addition, the joints that were used in these products to provide the flexibility of movement also showed a tendency to break down completely and in some cases to fuse with the tissue surrounding the replacement hip products inside the body. This clearly led to intense pain on the part of those who had trusted these products that were supposed to last at least 15 years. Many people had to have additional surgeries done within 5 years of the original procedure.
DePuy Hip Replacement and Resurfacing Recall Injury Attorneys
While this DePuy hip replacement recall affects all models that have not been used in patients, this does not help the thousands of people who could be depending on defective and dangerous products. If you or someone you love has suffered as a result of these hip replacement products, contact the DePuy hip replacement lawsuit attorneys at Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.