DePuy Recall Lawyers and Defective Hip Replacement Implant Lawsuits
People all over the United States need hip replacements for several reasons, but most of them decide on this option because their hips are failing and they need to alleviate the constant, intense pain and to regain their mobility. Hip replacement surgery has become increasingly popular as medical science has advanced and made these procedures easier for patients to endure. In response to this growth and need, companies began to formulate and release products that were designed to serve as artificial hip joints, and one of the leading companies in this regard has been DePuy Orthopedics and its line of hip replacement products.
Unfortunately, reports of serious problems with at least two of the lines of hip replacement products manufactured by DePuy eventually began to surface. Below you'll find information regarding how these products were intended to work, the problems that were encountered, the necessary corrective steps that could be taken as a result and finally how you should proceed if you or someone you love has suffered as a result of trusting these products and you need the help of Arizona DePuy recall lawyers.
DePuy Hip Replacement Products - How They Work
DePuy released two hip replacement products that soon took off in terms of sales. They were known as the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The ASR XL Acetabular System was released in order to provide relief for pelvic problems that are often associated with hip degeneration, and the ASR XL Acetabular System was introduced to serve as a replacement joint for the actual hip so that patients could regain their mobility and range of motion.
When these products are implanted in a patient, that patient is supposed to enjoy a period of pain-free mobility for an estimated 15 years after the surgery is complete. Of course, there is a short amount of time for recovery after this surgery, but most patients assumed that there would be no issues for approximately that amount of time. As a result, approximately 93,000 of these products were used in patients
Problems Arise with Defective DePuy Hip Replacement Parts
Unfortunately, reports eventually began to surface that some of these products were potentially defective. Specifically, at least 400 reports were generated that stated that patients began to notice serious pain and discomfort that was similar to their original hips within a few years of implantation. Most of these issues arose within five years of the original surgery, which is much sooner than many believed they'd be able to depend on these products.
After some investigation, the specific problems were discovered. These problems included:
- Fractures - Patients suffered through a tendency of the bones around the replacement joints to fracture.
- Dislocation - Dislocation refers to the tendency for these replacement parts to come apart and lose alignment.
- Friction - Some products showed a tendency to have the metal joint begin to wear down as a result of friction, and metal fragments were released into the surrounding tissue as a result.
- Loosening - Some patients reported that the implant products did not remain firmly attached to the surrounding bone and tissue, causing excruciating pain.
Necessary Medical Steps for Correcting Defective DePuy Hip Replacements
Unfortunately for those who found that their defective DePuy hip replacement parts were not going to work, they had to undergo even more difficult procedures in order to correct the problem. Specifically, many of these patients had to undergo corrective surgeries in order to remove these defective DePuy hip replacement parts and to have a different set of products implanted after healing from this corrective surgery.
For the remaining 92,000-plus people who could ultimately be harmed by these defective DePuy hip replacement parts, all they can do is wait and hope. Doctors do not recommend removing these products without any sign of problems, as there are additional complications that they could face as a result.
The DePuy Hip Replacement Recall and Lawsuits
Ultimately, in the wake of increasingly intense scrutiny, DePuy decided that it would initiate a full recall of all unused XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. This recall was announced in recent months and doctors were advised to stop using these products in future hip replacements.
As stated above, this step may prevent additional problems, but it does not help those who have already suffered or those who may suffer from the use and trust of defective DePuy hip replacement parts in the future. If this includes you or anyone you love, you do have legal rights and options at your disposal.
The DePuy Hip Replacement Implant has been recalled due to problems with:
- Femur Fractures
- Implant Dislocation
- Metal Friction Issues
- Implant Loosening
If you have received a hip replacement using the DePuy Hip Implant and experienced these types of problems, contact our Phoenix, AZ Injury Law Firm for a free case review. Possible compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, medical expenses, and disability may be available.
Defective Hip Replacement Implant Lawsuits with Our Experienced Lawyers
If a Depuy Hip Replacement has caused complications or harm to your life, you need to learn more about those legal rights and options, and should start by contacting the experienced DePuy defect and recall lawyers at Phillips Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.