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DePuy Orthopaedics Hip Replacement Problems

DePuy Orthopaedics Hip Replacement Problems
Have you had a hip replacement after 2003?

Hip replacements are fairly common surgeries in the 21st century and will continue to be as baby boomers grow older.

But, unlike the prescription drugs you take and know their brand and generic names; do you know what type of hip implant you have?

Probably not, but all that may change for a certain percentage of patients who received ASR hip replacements made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson’s.

What’s the problem with the ASR Hip Implant Systems?

More people than expected suffered pain which required additional surgery. Patients also complained about swelling and problems walking according to company data. Five years after implantation, approximately 12 percent of patients, (1 in 8), who received the ASR resurfacing device; and 13 percent of patients (1 in 8), who received the ASR total hip replacement, needed a second hip surgery. A second hip surgery to fix a problem is called revision surgery.

The problem: Invasive hip surgery has numerous risks including anesthesia and infection plus an arduous recovery and rehabilitation period. Why does the DePuy ASR hip implant have such a high failure after only five years?

The problem: Surgeries are expensive, risky, and require recuperation, putting painful physical and emotional burdens on the patient, his/her family, and their finances.

The problem: DePuy is offering an ASR hip implant solution but it’s not enough and risky at best.

Have you or a family member suffered from a defective DePuy ASR hip replacement system? If the answer is yes—please contact Monheit Law, a Pennsylvania personal injury law firm, to find out what your legal options are in regard to filing a hip replacement lawsuit.

DePuy Orthopaedics ASR Hip Implant Recall Lawsuits

The DePuy Hip Systems is offering patients a so-called solution to their faulty hip implants.

But first, DePuy does not maintain a list of patients who received an ASR Hip implant. According to DePuy, patients will need to contact his/her orthopedic surgeon or the hospital where the surgery occurred to determine whether or not patients received an ASR Hip implant.

What does the mega-million dollar orthopedic medical device company say?

We regret that this recall will be concerning for patients, their family members and surgeons,” said David Floyd, president, DePuy Orthopaedics. “We are committed to assisting patients and healthcare providers by providing information through multiple channels and paying for the cost of doctor visits, tests and procedures associated with the recall.

DePuy intends to cover reasonable and customary costs of monitoring and treatment for services, including revision surgeries, associated with the recall of ASR.

Is that enough?

DePuy has sold about 93,000 units of its ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. According to their own data, 12 or 13 percent will require second surgeries to fix hip implant problems. Approximately, more than 11,000 patients will require another surgery putting the patient at risk as well as cause stressors for the patients, their families, the surgeons, the hospitals, their personnel, and the healthcare providers and/or Medicare.

And what does DePuy consider “reasonable and customary costs?”

Regret… that’s not enough. Invasive surgery is always costly and dangerous. Who pays for your pain and suffering, loss of income and quality of life while undergoing a second or revision surgery caused by DePuy ASR Hip systems recall? It’s all too vague and not as simple as refunding a defective computer.

If you or a family member suffered serious hip pain resulting from a hip implant or have been required to have a second hip replacement surgery—contact Monheit Law now to find out if you are eligible to file a DePuy ASR Hip System lawsuit.

DePuy Orthopaedics Hip Replacement Problems

Have you had a hip replacement after 2003?
Hip replacements are fairly common surgeries in the 21st century and will continue to be as baby boomers grow older. But, unlike the prescription drugs you take and know their brand and generic names; do you know what type of hip implant you have?

Probably not, but all that may change for a certain percentage of patients who received ASR hip replacements made by DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson’s.

What’s the problem with the ASR Hip Implant Systems?

More people than expected suffered pain which required additional surgery. Patients also complained about swelling and problems walking according to company data. Five years after implantation, approximately 12 percent of patients, (1 in 8), who received the ASR resurfacing device; and 13 percent of patients (1 in 8), who received the ASR total hip replacement, needed a second hip surgery. A second hip surgery to fix a problem is called revision surgery.

The problem: Invasive hip surgery has numerous risks including anesthesia and infection plus an arduous recovery and rehabilitation period. Why does the DePuy ASR hip implant have such a high failure after only five years?

The problem: Surgeries are expensive, risky, and require recuperation, putting painful physical and emotional burdens on the patient, his/her family, and their finances.

Am I in Danger Because of a Hip Replacement Recall?

If you have had corrective hip replacement surgery and your hip replacement is later recalled then you may be in danger.

Hip replacements are recalled for a variety of safety reasons. In recent years, metal on metal hip replacements have been recalled because they have a higher tendency to fail which can result in a dangerous, potentially deadly, situation for the patient.

Thus, you are right to question whether you may be in danger because of a hip replacement recall. If you have had a hip replacement it is important to talk to your doctor and to determine if the corrective hip replacement device implanted during your surgery has been recalled. Your doctor can also advise you on :

  • The symptoms to watch for that might indicate that the hip replacement is failing.
  • Whether further surgeries are important now or may be important in the future.
  • What to do to protect your health.

A corrective hip replacement that works as it is intended to work can greatly improve your quality of life. If, however, you suffer from a defective hip replacement or a hip replacement recall then it is important to take the steps necessary to protect your health and your future.

Some may not present an increased risk of complications when compared to artificial hips made by other manufacturers. That said, there are some Depuy bad hip types that may present an increased risk of injury.

Two Depuy Johnson & Johnson bad hips that have been recalled include the ASR XL Acetabular System and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System.

What You Might Need to Know About Wright Medical Hip Resurfacing Systems

In 2009, the Wright medical hip resurfacing system was approved for use in the US.

Hip resurfacing is an alternative to a total hip replacement, however the medical devices use some of the same elements as metal on metal hip replacements. Specifically, the Wright Conserve ® Plus Total Resurfacing Hip System uses metal elements like some recalled hip replacement devices.

If you have a Wright medical hip resurfacing medical device in your body then it is important to know about potential complications and even about tests used on other types of hip replacement devices. For example, if you know what kind of scans are needed for the depuy hip replacement revision then you might know what kind of scans to ask for if your Wright medical hip resurfacing system has a complication. Scans may include CT Scans and MRIs, for example.

For more information about your specific hip resurfacing device or hip replacement device, please contact your doctor.