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Dislocation of the Hip Implant
The DePuy Hip Implant which was recalled on August 26, 2010 has been linked to severe side effects which require a large percentage of patients to have the device removed within a few years of implantation. One of these side effects is DePuy Hip Implant Dislocation.
Hip replacement implants use a ball and cup system with a metal cup attached to the patient’s pelvic bone and a ball attached to the femur bone. The ability of the cup to remain attached to the pelvic bone and the ball to remain intact with the cup are vital to the success of the device.
The DePuy ASR Hip Implant was designed to offer less risk of dislocation and wear since it utilized a metal-on-metal ball and cup. However, the device has been plagued with dislocation issues. This can occur when the cup becomes dislocated from the pelvic bone or when the ball becomes dislocated from the cup.
DePuy Hip Dislocation can occur when the pelvic bone fails to grow or attach itself to the newly-implanted metal cup, when metal poisoning causes bone loss, infection or soft tissue damage, or when a ball dislocates from a cup in a defective device. This is one of the main reasons the DePuy Hip Implant was recalled.
The dislocation of a hip implant can cause a patient extensive pain in the thigh, hip and groin and can lead to difficulty 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 a loved one received a DePuy Hip Implant since 2005, it is important that you speak with a DePuy Hip Attorney about your legal rights even if you are not yet having symptoms. Lawyers are currently filing DePuy Hip Lawsuits for damages related to the failure of these devices.
Although generally a hip implant device should not have a failure rate of more than 5% over the first five years, the DePuy Hip Implant has failed in more than 13% of patients so far. Sadly, these patients have required a premature second surgery to remove the faulty devices due to side effects like DePuy Hip dislocation
Doctors have reported more than 600 cases of side effects such as DePuy Hip Dislocation to the FDA since 2007. Based on increasing reports of side effects signifying implant failure, DePuy ordered a recall of all ASR XL implants on August 26, 2010.
DePuy has indicated they will pay “reasonable and customary costs of monitoring and treatment” related to the recalled hip implants as part of the recall. While this may include the cost of revision surgery, it does not compensate patients for their pain and suffering, lost time or wages, or the risk of undergoing the second surgery.
DePuy has also asked patients to sign a medical release and turn over the faulty hip implant device once it is removed. The defective hip is the most important piece of evidence in any claim for DePuy Hip Side Effects damages and should be tested by an independent third party for defects. 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 to speak with a DePuy Hip Attorney about your legal rights before making any decisions. We are available 24 hours a day for a free consultation of your case. Time to file a claim is limited.