DePuy Hip Replacement Problems

DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, has had to recall two kinds of hip replacements because they are failing too soon. The company made the announcement in September 2010. The recall affects thousands of hip implant patients around the world.

Two kinds of hip implants are being recalled: the ASR™ XL Acetabular System, which is a traditional type of total hip replacement, and the ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System, a partial hip replacement in which a metal cap is placed upon the ball of the femur (thigh bone).

The resurfacing system may also involve placing a new surface on the acetabular cup portion of the implant. This cup-shaped part of the device fits into the acetabulum, a concave portion of the pelvis within which the ball of the femur articulates.

The ASR™ Cups were implanted between late 2005 and 2009. The ASR™ XL system was implanted in 2008 and 2009. Total hip replacements are expected to last about 15 years, whereas the new DePuy (pronounced dee pew) implants have been failing after only a few years.

Problems with DePuy Hip Replacements

The more serious problems with the artificial hip have to do with poor fit. The artificial hip joint is like the patient’s normal ball and socket joint. In this transplanted hip, the socket portion of the joint is too shallow, according to some orthopedic surgeons. It doesn’t hold the ball portion of the joint well and doctors have found it more difficult to insert in the patient’s body than traditional hip replacement systems.

How Do I Know If I Have a Recalled Hip System?

DePuy Orthopaedics has sent letters to doctors notifying them of the hip recalls. You may have received a letter from your doctor telling you about the problems with the implants and that they are being recalled. Your patient chart would contain the code number of the implant you received, letting your doctor know if your implant is one of those involved in the recall.

If you have had a hip transplant and not heard from your doctor, you should call his or her office to see if you have the kind of hip implant that is affected. Some symptoms of a problem hip are:

  • Pain deep in the groin
  • Difficulty walking
  • Problems rising to a standing from a sitting position
  • Increasing pain and popping noises when you walk
  • Swelling in the groin, lower back, and hip
  • Sensation that your hip is out of place

Do I Qualify for a DePuy Hip Implant Lawsuit?

If you have had a hip implant and have required revision surgery, you most likely qualify to file a lawsuit against the maker of the hip implant. You deserve to be compensated for the pain, suffering and expense you have endured as a result of having a faulty hip implanted and then requiring revision surgery.

If you or a loved one has experienced problems with your DePuy hip replacement system, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible to find out if you qualify to file a claim. A DePuy hip replacement problem attorney is an expert in the law regarding hip replacements and will know how to help you receive the most compensation to which you are entitled. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, contact us today.

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