DePuy Hip Implant Recall Lawyer
Our DePuy hip implant recall lawyers are investigating DePuy hip replacement lawsuits on behalf of patients who have suffered after receiving a fault hip implant. If you have been affected by a recalled hip system, contact us for information about filing a lawsuit. You may be entitled to more than just the cost of revision surgery — let us help you seek compensation for your pain and suffering.
Depuy Hip Implant Recall
DePuy Orthopaedics recalled two of its hip implant systems due to early failure. According to studies, some DePuy artificial hip systems are failing within five years of being surgically implanted, a much higher industry rate. An artificial hip typically lasts 15 years. Patients whose hip implants have failed need additional expensive surgery and must go through another painful recovery process.
The artificial hip, called the ASR™ XL Acetabular System, and another artificial implant called the DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System (approved only outside the U.S.), were shown in new research studies to be failing at rates of 12 and 13 percent, or approximately one in every eight patients receiving the implants. These patients need another operation to remove and replace the damaged parts. This second operation is called revision surgery.
Some orthopedic surgeons and researchers were dismayed the implant had not been recalled sooner. Worldwide 93,000 artificial DePuy artificial hips have been implanted.
DePuy Hip Replacement Failures
An Australian researcher, Dr. Stephen Graves, is the director of a database in his country. He said the data had shown for quite awhile that the ASR™ system was failing at a rate significantly higher than that of some competitors’ devices. DePuy recalled the ASR™ from Australia in December 2009 and said at the time that it planned to stop selling it everywhere in the world by the end of 2010.
The Australian data showed that the failures tended to occur more often in patients who were smaller and had weaker bones.
Design Flaw in the DePuy Hip Implant
Some orthopedic specialists say a flaw in the design of the artificial device makes it difficult to implant properly.
Signs of problems with the implant include:
- Swelling around the hip, groin, or lower back
- Pain deep in the groin
- Problems walking
- Popping noises when walking
- Problems rising from a seated to a standing position
- Sensation that the hip is not in the right place
If symptoms persist, they can indicate that the implant is loose, the bone surrounding the implant has fractured or that the ball and socket have become dislocated.
Only a month before the company announced the phase out of its device, DePuy officials touted the ASR’s performance record. They explained the company was phasing out the implant not for safety reasons but because of commercial reasons.
Contact a DePuy Hip Implant Recall Lawyer
If you or someone you love has needed a second hip implant because your original implant has failed, you should contact a DePuy lawyer to find out what your options are. Our DePuy implant failure attorneys are available to investigate lawsuits on behalf of patients who have undergone a full hip replacement and were implanted with the ASR™ XL Acetabular System.
Hip surgery is painful and usually has a long recovery process. We can help you recover the compensation you need to ease some of the stress from the revision surgery process. We will also fight to recover compensation for your suffering. Call our DePuy hip implant recall lawyers today for a case evaluation.
DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Information
DePuyHipImplantRecall.org intends to provide patients with up-to-date information about the recent DePuy hip implant recalls. For more information, please select from the following:
- DePuy ASR XL System Recall
- Depuy Hip Replacement Failure
- Depuy Hip Replacement Problems
- Hip Revision Surgery