More than two years after the Food and Drug Administration began receiving complaints about the failure of certain hip replacement implants made by DePuy Orthopedics, the company announced that it was recalling the DePuy ASR. Data shows that this system is prone to early failure, putting patients at risk of surgical removal and replacement.
In addition to this recalled item, hip implant recipients could be experiencing problems related to a variety of different products and devices. If you are experiencing any complication due to hip implants, you should seek medical and legal assistance.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF CONCERN FOR HIP IMPLANTS?
Some of the signs of trouble with a defective implant include swelling, pain, and difficulty walking. Persistent symptoms can signal a loose implant, fracture of the bone around the implant, or dislocation of the implant’s ball and socket.
In addition, due to poor design in some hip implants, microscopic chromium and cobalt shards can enter the blood stream due to metal on metal contact. It is possible to have elevated chromium and cobalt levels with no symptoms, so you should follow up with your physician even if you are not having symptoms.
WHAT HIP IMPLANT PRODUCTS HAVE CAUSED PATIENTS PROBLEMS?
DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System
DePuy’s ASR hip replacement implants have been the source of many serious hip health problems for people expecting a relief to their pain and mobility concerns.
DePuy ordered a recall of its ASR orthopedics, taking action after the results of a 2010 independent study noted a higher than expected number of patients receiving these implants requiring a second surgery to have their implants replaced. These implants, which replace both the cup of the hip and the top of the femur with metal, were recalled for causing some of the following health concerns:
- Pain at the joint
- Noticeable swelling
- Problems walking or crouching
Due to the implant’s failure, the person with the implant would require a second surgery to remove the implant and replace it with a working one. As a result, these patients would spend a significant amount of time and money going through a painful surgery that could have entirely been prevented. Because of this failed product, DePuy may be held responsible for these medical costs, out-of-pocket expenses, and wages lost due to time spent in recovery.
Stryker Hip Implants
Stryker’s line of metal-on-metal hip implants may pose a significant threat to patients using these devices. The company has recalled Rejuvenate and ABG II implants, a move prompted by reports of serious health concerns linked to these devices and other metal-on-metal hip implants of similar design.
Additionally, in August 2016 Stryker recalled its hip implant component called the LFit V40 femoral head, which is commonly used with the Stryker Accolade femoral stem. The femoral head can detach from the femoral neck. People who have the LFit V40 have been experiencing hip pain, dislocation, fractures, and loss of bone strength or range of motion. The LFit V40 was used most often in hip replacement surgeries from 2002 to 2012.
According to medical reports from patients who suffered a hip implant defect, these devices have been connected to two major health problems that can cause significant pain and suffering: implant failure and metallosis. In particular, a person may note some of the following more severe consequences caused by these two health concerns:
- Loss of mobility or considerable pain when walking
- Needing to have an implant replaced through additional surgery, requiring further time for recovery
- Tissue death around the area of the implant
- Nerve damage around the area of the implant
Especially if the defect occurs within only a few years from the initial hip replacement surgery, the financial impact of a defect can cause serious problems for a household to handle.
Zimmer Durom Cup
The Zimmer Durom Cup, a metal socket with a plasma coating used in hip replacement surgeries, has caused pain and suffering for many recipients, prompting the company to recall these devices.
Like other metal hip implant systems, the Zimmer Durom Cup has been linked to a variety of very serious product failures. In particular, the following health issues have been cited as problems arising from failures with this device:
- Implant failure, resulting in difficulty walking or immobility
- Local muscle, bone, and nerve damage due to metallosis
- Severe pain due to metallosis
- Pain and difficulty moving due to a lack of intended bone growth around the implant
These devices were recalled due to their dangerousness. However, patients developing new injuries has a result of a Durom Cup’s failure may still be eligible to pursue financial compensation for their undue suffering.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE A DEFECTIVE HIP IMPLANT?
If you have received a hip implant and you are experiencing any symptoms such as swelling at or near the implant site, pain, and difficulty walking, you should immediately discuss your situation with a physician to determine whether your product is defective.
HOW CAN HABUSH HELP?
If you have experienced any symptoms relating to a hip implant, you should also consult an attorney. We can help explain your rights. Already, some medical device companies have issued patient consent forms, which authorize the company to obtain your medical records and to carry out tests on any removed product components. Many physicians are asking their patients to sign these consent forms before consulting with an attorney.
In order to make sure that you do not prejudice your right to make a claim against the company that made your device, it is important for you to consult with a lawyer before signing any documents associated with your implant.
If you or a friend or family member received a defective hip implant, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the company responsible for this product. Contact the lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier at 800-2-HABUSH (800-242-2874) today.