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Replacement Hip Failure - What Should You Do?

Are you a victim of replacement hip failure? Are you not sure what steps to take if your replacement hips has failed and you are looking at costly medical expenses?

You have come to the right place. We are here to help victims of replacement hip failure. In this article we highlight some of the reasons why your replacement hip might have failed, the side effects victims have experienced, and what you can do about claiming compensation if you fit into this description.

The recalled DePuy hip replacement systems

If you have experienced replacement hip failure you may be one of the thousands of people who had hip replacement surgery and was implanted with one of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled replacement hips.

The defective devices are known as the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular system – a total hip replacement system – and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing system – a partial hip replacement system. While only the Acetabular system was available in the US, some people may have traveled abroad to receive the Resurfacing system.

If you are only just experiencing the symptoms of replacement hip failure then you are probably not aware of what system you were implanted with. This information is not usually disclosed to patients before or after a surgery. However, there is a way you can find out whether the recall of the DePuy replacement hip systems has affected you. The medical malpractice attorneys at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. have prepared this article so you can get an idea of the steps to take when looking into your replacement hip failure.

How can you find out if your replacement hip is a DePuy ASR device?

Basically, if your replacement hip that has failed was implanted any time from July 2003 up until the recall in August 2010, then there is a chance that your replacement hip may be one of the defective ASR devices. In this situation, the best idea is to get in touch with your replacement hip failure lawyer.

If it turns out that your replacement hip failure is a result of being implanted with one of the fault DePuy replacement hip products then you should be thinking about filing a replacement hip failure lawsuit.

So how exactly did the DePuy hip recall happen?

If you are a victim of replacement hip failure then you might like to know that there are very clear suggestions that DePuy Orthopaedics, which is owned by parent company Johnson & Johnson, actually knew that the replacement hips were defective for quite some time.

The replacement hip products were given 510(k) clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2005, which meant they were given approval without having to go through clinical trials. By 2008, the FDA had received 400 complaints regarding replacement hip failure in patients. That figure has since risen considerably and is now in the thousands.

In 2008, a report also discovered genetic damage in patients who had experienced some sort of replacement hip failure, while 13% of replacement hip failure patients needed to have a second surgery to replace the faulty hip.

While the devices were voluntarily recalled in 2009 in Australia, after data was released by the Australian Medical Device Registry about a high rate of replacement hip failure, the worldwide recall did not take place until August 2010. Instead, the company stated that the recall in Australia was due to poor sales. This is despite the fact that DePuy had sent out a letter to doctors in 2006 warning them of a high replacement hip failure rate in some patients, such as women and those with weak bones. Since the products were first approved, 93,000 hip replacement surgeries have been performed around the world.

What is the problem that has led to so many cases of replacement hip failure?

If you are a victim of replacement hip failure, you are probably wondering what exactly led to so many patients suffering such awful side effects. Some surgeons have suggested that the ASR device has a design flaw and this makes it very difficult to install in patients.

It is also believed that the technology in the devices, which is very new, is faulty and has not been made to go through the appropriate amount of testing. In fact the technology is only about 10 years old and involves metal on metal implants, which is part of what has led to so much replacement hip failure. Basically, the implants mimic the same functions of a normal hip, with the ball and socket bones, and are made with all metal parts, such as cobalt and chromium.

What are some of the signs of replacement hip failure?

Replacement hip failure can come with a number of warning signs. These may be signs of the metal debris from the defective replacement hips causing serious problems, such as non-cancerous tumors, severe swelling or sinew damage.

Some of the people who have experienced replacement hip failure developed the following symptoms:

  • Hip pain
  • Thigh or groin pain
  • Pain when walking
  • Pain when standing up
  • Pain bearing weight
  • Swelling

Part of the issue with the DePuy hip systems is that when replacement hip failure occurs, the systems may deposit small pieces of toxic metal into the patient’s bloodstream. This has been known to lead to aseptic lymphocyte-dominated vasculitis associated lesion, which is the tissue’s reaction to these metals. Pseudotumors might also form on the tissue. Complete replacement hip failure can cause the hip device to become loose, dislocate, or even fracture the bone around the hip implant.

If you have experienced any of these signs of replacement hip failure then you cannot stand by and wait for help to come to you. You need to file a replacement hip failure lawsuit with an experienced and qualified medical malpractice lawyer.

Find out more about what you should and how you can go about claiming compensation in this article entitled Replacement Hip Failure Attorneys You Can Rely On.

Alternatively, you can give the replacement hip failure lawyers at Ketchmark and McCreight, P.C. a call for information about filing a lawsuit and the processes in claiming the compensation that you deserve and so desperately need.

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