Between 2003 and 2010, over 93,000 people worldwide have undergone painful surgery and received DePuy hip implants, which were designed to last 15 years. However, the DePuy hip implants known as ASR XL Acetabular and ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems have been recalled after revelations that the defective medical device failed at an alarming rate, necessitating a painful corrective surgery within a five year period of the original surgery. The defective hip replacement parts involve the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System, which is the cup portion of a replacement hip joint, and the DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing System. Resurfacing involves implanting a cup and capping the ball at the top of the thighbone in a procedure that preserves more bone than traditional hip replacement procedures. The five-year failure rate necessitating revisionary surgery is 12 percent for the ASR Hip Resurfacing System and 13 percent for the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System.
The FDA has received hundreds of complaints for injuries resulting from the defective DePuy hip implant, which include the following:
Some doctors believe the defect is the result of the DePuy hip implant cup being too shallow. The defective design of the DePuy hip implant can result in the loosening of the implant resulting in dislocations and fractures. In February 2011, the FDA issued a statement indicating that there are "unique risks" associated with metal on metal implants like the DePuy hip implant. The friction of the two metal components (i.e. the metal ball and the metal cup) can cause tiny metal shavings and debris to be released, resulting in damage to surrounding tissue and the need for revisionary surgery. A simple blood test from your doctor can determine if you have elevated levels of heavy metals like cobalt and chromium in your blood.
Many of the DePuy hip implants have failed within 2-3 years of patient's receiving the implants. Despite both medical literature and adverse report for years, DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, did not recall the defective hip implants until August 26, 2010. The defective medical device was recalled in Australia in December 2009, but the company allowed the defective hip implant device to be implanted in U.S. patients for another eight months. Any hip surgery is painful and can involve prolonged periods of rehabilitation, but revisionary surgery is particularly painful.
Although DePuy has said they will cover some costs, it appear that they are only offering to pay "out of pocket" costs rather than pain and suffering, lost earnings, disability and other costs associated with the defective hip replacement device and revisionary surgery. DePuy reportedly is even paying surgeons to obtain patient authorization from those who undergo revisionary surgery that would allow DePuy to keep the defective hip implant device after revisionary surgery to conduct "testing." If you believe you may have received a DePuy hip implant, the manufacturer may contact you because the company is trying to minimize liability for your injuries. It is important that you speak to a DePuy defective hip implant lawyer prior to signing any documents or speaking with anyone from DePuy or a health care professional to whom they refer you. Signing anything without legal advice could lead to a waiver of your rights to full compensation for your injuries or the loss of valuable evidence like the defective medical device.
You should contact an experienced Georgia DePuy hip replacement attorney if you received a DePuy Hip replacement device between 2003-2010 and have suffered serious symptoms including:
While these symptoms can occur following any hip replacement surgery, they can be signs of a problem if they persist or continually reappear. If you had hip replacement surgery between 2003 and 2010, you should contact your surgeon to determine if you received a recalled DePuy hip replacement medical device. If you are unsure of your surgeon's name or do not know what type of hip replacement device you received, you can usually determine who performed the surgery by contacting the hospital where the surgery was performed.
Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, represent those who suffer serious injuries from defective medical devices like DePuy hip implants throughout Georgia and the Southeast. If you believe you are suffering serious symptoms and may have received a defective hip implant, Montlick and Associates offers a free initial case evaluation. Our experienced Georgia DePuy hip implant injury claim lawyers are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state. No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.