DePuy Hip Implant Patients

When Do I Need a Hip Implant?

Hip implants are done in people of almost all ages. Most people who get implants are in their fifties and sixties. But implants also have been done for people in their nineties and those as young as their late teens.

People who get hip replacements are in pain and have first tried alternative methods of treatment such as:

  • Medication
  • Injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Prescribed exercises
  • Using a cane or walker

If these treatments do not sufficiently decrease pain and increase mobility, you may be candidate for a hip implant.

In general, hip replacement surgery is used to treat the following conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis (the number one reason hip implants are done)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • A broken hip, or some hip trauma
  • A bone tumor
  • Osteonecrosis, a condition in which the bone has died due to lack of adequate blood supply

Hip Implant Options

Patients have three main options for hip implants. Each must be decided on an individual basis, taking into account the patient's age and the severity of damage to the natural hip joint.

  • Total hip replacement — This involves removing the ball and socket of the joint and replacing them with artificial materials.
  • Hip resurfacing — In this procedure, the surgeon reshapes the damaged surface of the ball that is on top of the thigh bone and covers it with an artificial cap.
  • Partial hip replacement — This procedure is done most often when the hip is broken; that is, the neck of the thigh bone that holds the ball is fractured. The prosthesis then is the stem and the ball. The patient’s hollow cup-shaped portion of the joint that holds the ball and is carved out of the pelvis (called the acetabulum) is left alone.

DePuy Implant Problems

DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company, is the maker of two hip prostheses that were recalled in August 2010. The recalled systems are the ASR™ XL Acetabular System, which is used worldwide, and the DePuy ASR™ Hip Resurfacing System, which was not sold in the U.S.

The recalled systems have been implanted in 93,000 patients around the world. Two main design flaws have led to failures of the implants and their recall:

  • Metal-on-metal design — The metal parts have rubbed against each other, causing metal particles to shed into surrounding tissues and the blood. This inflamed and damaged nearby tissues and released high levels of metal in the blood, resulting in problems in the heart, the thyroid, and the nervous system.
  • The design of the acetabular cup — The cup is too shallow to hold the ball, which has been coming loose and dislocating the hip. Surgeons also have said the cup is difficult to implant.

Resources for Hip Implant Patients

If you or someone you love has experienced problems with a faulty hip implant, you should consult an DePuy hip replacement attorney to help you recover damages for the pain, suffering, and expense that revision surgery (a corrective operation) has caused. Call 1-800-407-8416 to schedule a free case review.

DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Information

DePuyHipImplantRecall.org intends to provide patients with up-to-date information about the recent DePuy hip implant recalls. For more information, please select from the following:

Depuy Hip Implant News

FDA Discusses the Safety of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held an advisory meeting last month to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants.... read more

Almost Half of DePuy's Hip Implants Will Fail, Say U.K. Surgeons

The failure rate of the recalled DePuy hip replacement systems ranges from 21 percent after 4 years to 49 percent after... read more

DePuy Orthopaedics President to Resign

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) announced the resignation of David Floyd, president of DePuy Orthopaedics in March 2011. DePuy is a part... read more

New Registry Intends to Identify Hip Replacement Problems Early

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) is working on launching a registry to keep track of hip and knee implant... read more

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against DePuy

A class action lawsuit has been filed against DePuy Orthopaedics for its faulty hip implants. The two implant systems are the... read more

Thirteen in Illinois and Indiana Sue DePuy for Hip Implant Failure

Thirteen persons from Illinois and Indiana have filed a lawsuit against DePuy Orthopaedics for needing additional surgery after their hip implants... read more

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