Injuries Caused by DePuy Hip Implants

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DePuy Hip Fractures

DePuy implanted artificial hips can lead to fractures of the remaining, surrounding bone. The transplanted device consists of a:

  • Metal cup and liner that replace the patient's own acetabulum, which is a cup-shaped hollow in the pelvis
  • A femoral head, which replaces the ball-shaped top of the patient's femur or thigh bone
  • A femoral stem, that has the femoral head on top and a stem on the bottom that is fit into the patient's own thigh bone

Sometimes, these different parts loosen and become unstable, thus increasing the chances for a fracture of the patient's own hip bones. If a patient has to undergo revision surgery because his or her implant failed and if the patient's own bone has been fractured, it makes the revision surgery more difficult.

The patient usually takes longer to recover from the second surgery and must cope with the possibility of additional problems including loosening, detachment, or dislocation of the artificial device.

Hip Dislocation

A hip dislocation may occur when the femoral head slips out of the artificial acetabular cup, causing much sudden pain and the need for emergency treatment. One of the complaints about the DePuy acetabular cup is that it is too shallow to adequately contain the femoral head. Hip dislocation requires revision surgery and often harms surrounding tissues.

Muscle Damage

When a hip implant fractures or dislocates, the surrounding soft tissue and muscle are harmed. The harm done to the muscle can cause pain, inflammation and infection. When implanting the device or doing revision surgery, the surgeon tries to minimize damage to surrounding tissue, including muscle, but some damage is difficult to avoid.

Hip Implant Failures

Two types of DePuy implants have been recalled due to unacceptably high failure rates:

  • DePuy ASR™ XL Acetabular System
  • DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System

The devices have failed in about one of every eight patients receiving them. About 93,000 of these devices have been implanted around the world. When a hip implant fails, the patient will likely need painful and expensive revision surgery. The recovery period is long.

Metal Poisoning

DePuy used a metal-on-metal system so that the moving parts of the implant would glide smoothly against each other. What the manufacturer did not foresee, however, was that when the femoral ball rotated in the acetabular cup, the metal surfaces scraping together released microscopic particles of metal into the patient's body. This metal debris has caused inflammation of surrounding tissue, and particles of the metal to accumulate in the blood. Patients are at risk of metal poisoning.

If you've suffered any type of injury because of your hip implant, you should speak with an attorney about your rights. A qualified lawyer can help you seek financial compensation for your injuries and loss.

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