DePuy Hip Implant Failures

In 2010, DePuy hip implant failures necessitated a recall. The DePuy hip implant recall affects recipients of both the total hip replacement and hip resurfacing. Patients, worldwide, have experienced painful side effects and symptoms of hip replacement failure, causing them to undergo a second implant surgery.

If you are one of the many recipients who have been affected by the alarming failure rate of these implants, contact a DePuy hip implant lawyer today. You might be able to recover compensation beyond the cost of revision surgery.

DePuy Hip Implant Failure Statistics

The DePuy hip implant recall is due to the high failure rate of the implants. A properly functioning implant is expected to last at least 15 years. According to reports, approximately one in every eight DePuy recipients has to undergo revision surgery due to hip replacement failure within the first five years. This includes 12 percent of patients who received the ASR™ resurfacing implant, and 13 percent of those who received the ASR™ hip replacement.

Resurfacing is not performed in the U.S. The ASR™ hip replacement recall affected people in the U.S. and worldwide. To date, thousands of patients have been implanted with an artificial hip. Failures are occurring in some of the hip implants because of problems with the design.

The implants are designed to be modular, which means they are flexible according to each patient’s leg length. The modular neck, however, bends too easily and is known to break early. The premature breakage can lead to painful fractures in patients. Most patients will require surgery.

In addition to early failures, the hip implants are made with metal components. As the metal parts rub each other, debris can break off and spread throughout the body. The tiny metal shavings cause inflammation, tissue damage and in some cases, nerve damage. Metal poisoning can lead to severe complications.

DePuy Hip Implant Failure Symptoms

When a hip implant fails, patients often experience the following signs and symptoms:

  • Decrease in flexibility or range of motion
  • Swelling
  • Pain in the implant area, thigh and lower back
  • Difficulty standing or walking

In some cases, patients might hear a clicking or grinding noise coming from the implant.

Patients that have received a metal-on-metal hip implant should also be tested for metal ions in the bloodstream. Metal ions can negatively impact the heart, kidneys, and nervous system and may even cause brain damage. Symptoms of metal toxicity include:

  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Problems with vision and hearing

Contact a DePuy Hip Implant Lawyer

The DePuy hip implant recall comes too late to help the thousands of victims who already had a defective product placed inside their bodies. A qualified defective hip implant lawyer can evaluate your circumstances to determine if you are eligible for compensation. We can help you get compensation for your pain and suffering as well as the financial losses you’ve endured for medical treatments and lost wages.

Call today and schedule a free evaluation of your case.

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