Many Americans get hip replacements every year. When these devices operate correctly, mobility and quality of life can be improved for patients who would otherwise be restricted.
Recently, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., recalled two of its ASR hip implant devices. This recall has and will lead to many difficulties for patients who have been implanted with these devices which is known to be defective.
Two types of Depuy ASR hips were recalled by the manufacturer. Between 2005 and 2009, nearly 95,000 patients were implanted with either the ASR XL Acetabular System or the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. The sheer numbers involved in hip replacement surgeries make a recall of these devices particularly disturbing.
These hip implants have been shown to deposit dangerous levels of metal debris in some patients’ bodies and blood streams. This will result in high levels of particular metals in patients that include chromium and cobalt, among others. Friction occurs with these hip replacements, due to their metal-on-metal design and that is how the metals end up becoming debris in the patient’s body.
The result of the defects is that many patients who were implanted with these devices will need to undergo another surgery to remove them. In these revision surgeries, the defective devices will be removed and will be replaced with another hip implant.
Sadly, many of the implanted patients are elderly and will have a difficult time with a second major surgery that will be required. Regardless of age, this is a major surgery and having to have a second hip surgery due to a defect in the implant, is a terrible outcome for those patients that will have to undergo this ordeal. In addition to the issues with metals in the blood, patients have experienced pain, hip popping, difficulty walking and many other symptoms.
Given that the manufacturer will not compensate patients at the level needed for long-term care, surgeries, lost wages and/or emotional distress, it is very important that patients who have been implanted with the DePuy hip replacement implant contact experienced defective medical device lawyers.
If you have been implanted with a DePuy hip and are experiencing symptoms contact our injury law firm immediately. If you have not yet experienced symptoms, but would like to know your rights Hersh & Hersh can help. Contact us to arrange a free consultation with an attorney experienced in defective medical device litigation.