DePuy and Hip Fractures

A fractured hip occurs when the upper one-quarter of the femur or thigh bone breaks, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Some artificial hip implants made by DePuy Orthopaedics have been prone to fracturing the patient's bone.

If you have suffered a fractured hip and have a hip implant, you might be eligible for financial compensation. To find out more information, contact a DePuy hip implant lawyer today. Call 1-800-407-8416 to schedule an evaluation of your case.

Types of Hip Fractures

There are generally three types of hip fractures, depending on the area of the upper femur that is affected:

  • Intracapsular Fracture—these fractures happen near the neck and head of the femur. The head is a round bone at the top of the femur. The neck connects the head to the femur. These factures usually happen within the capsule, a soft-tissue enclosure holding the lubricating fluid of the hip joint.
  • Intertrochanteric Fracture—this fracture takes place between the neck of the femur and a bony outcropping below it called the lesser trochanter.
  • Subtrochanteric Fracture—this fracture is located about two and a half inches below the lesser trochanter.

If the break is more complex, it can occur in more than one of these areas.

Treatment for Hip Fractures

Surgery is the treatment for a hip fracture, unless a patient is too sick to undergo anesthesia and surgery.

After a fracture is diagnosed, doctors need to review the patient's medical condition. Sometimes this involves doing certain diagnostic tests. The outcome of the surgery is usually better if it is done as soon as possible after determining the patient is healthy enough for the procedure.

After surgery, patients often are encouraged to leave their beds the following day with the help of a physical therapist. The surgeon decides how much weight can be placed on the injured limb. Physical therapy can take as long as three months.

DePuy Recalls Implants Due to Hip Fractures and Other Problems

Because so many implants were failing, DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson and a manufacturer of artificial hips, recalled the implanted hips. The company issued the recall in August 2010. Approximately 93,000 recalled DePuy hip systems have been implanted around the world. About one in eight implants have failed.

Two hip implant systems were recalled:

Contact a DePuy Hip Fracture Lawyer

If you or a loved one has had a fractured hip after having a DePuy implanted device, you should contact a DePuy hip fracture lawyer as soon as possible. You deserve to be compensated for all the pain and suffering you have undergone and the future problems you may have with your hip implant. You also are entitled to be reimbursed for the financial burden a fractured hip entails.

Contact an experienced hip implant lawyer to schedule an evaluation of your case.

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