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Hip Bone Fractures
The DePuy ASR XL Hip Implant has been linked to several severe side effects indicating failure of the device on a large scale. As a result, DePuy Othopedics issued a full recall of the troubled hip implant on August 26, 2010.
One of the most significant side effects of the DePuy Hip is fracturing of the pelvic or femur bones that attach to the implant device. Due to these types of failures, thousands of patients will have to undergo a second surgery to remove the implant and are left with poor options for a replacement device.
Hip replacement implants such as the DePuy ASR device use a ball and cup mechanism, with the cup being fastened to the patient’s pelvic bone and ball end fastened to the femur bone.
The DePuy Implant has been plagued with issues of fracturing of the pelvic or femur bones in patients that have received the implant. Experts believe this may occur due to added stress on the hip and leg bones from the metal components of the DePuy device. Since the DePuy Hip utilizes a metal-on-metal ball and cup system, metallic poisoning from metal shavings have also been linked to bone loss or weakening.
The fracture of pelvic or femur bones that hold the DePuy Hip Implant in place and give support for lower body activity can lead to extensive pain in the thigh, hip and groin. It can also lead to trouble with activities like walking or standing. DePuy has advised patients who received the implant to consult with their hip surgeon to evaluate for these types of symptoms.
If you or someone you love received a DePuy Hip Implant since 2005, it is important that you speak with a DePuy Hip Attorney about your legal rights and consult with your doctor about possible bone fracture symptoms. Lawyers are currently filing DePuy Hip Lawsuits for damages related to these faulty devices.
DePuy Orthopedics marketed their ASR Hip Implant to younger, more active patients on the premise that the unique metal-on-metal device could withstand more impact related to sports and exercise. However, the DePuy Implant has demonstrated significant failure rates because of the metal construction and related side effects.
The propensity of DePuy Hip patients to develop bone fractures has contributed to estimates that more than 13% of patients will have to undergo surgery to replace their implant. The standard failure rate for a hip implant device is usually below 5%.
Doctors have reported more than 600 cases to the FDA of patients returning with significant signs of DePuy Hip Implant failure, such as loosening of the device, dislocation or bone loss. These numbers will increase dramatically in the next few years as more than 93,000 people received a DePuy Hip Implant.
As part of the DePuy Hip Recall, the company has indicated they will pay “reasonable and customary costs of monitoring and treatment” related to the recalled hip implants. Although this may include the cost of revision surgery, it does not compensate patients for pain and suffering, lost time or wages, or the risk of undergoing the revision surgery.
DePuy will also ask patients to sign a medical release and turn over the faulty hip implant device if it is removed. Since the defective hip is the most important part of any claim for damages, it should be tested by an independent third party for defects, not the company responsible for the problems. Agreeing to release your medical records and return the faulty device may severely limit your future legal rights.
If you received a DePuy Hip Implant beginning in 2005, it is important that you speak with a qualified DePuy Hip Attorney to discuss your legal rights before you sign anything. Lawyers are currently filing DePuy Hip Lawsuits and are available 24 hours a day for a free consultation of your case. Time to file a claim is limited.