We are handling DePuy hip implant cases.
Due to its defective design, patients have had to have their artificial DePuy hip prosthesis removed and a new one implanted.
The DePuy ASR hip system was designed to give the greatest mobility of the hip joint. However, there is insufficient coverage of the acetabular cup to distribute fully the forces of the ball (femoral head) against the cup without concentrating those forces called edge loading.
As a result of this defective design, patients have experienced metal on metal wear and tear of the metal ball rubbing against the metal cup. As a result, metal shards from the hardware are released into the body.
Patients have had the following injuries:
- loosening of the hardware;
- a need for removal of the prosthesis and implantation of another artificial hip; and
- the release into the body of metal ions (cobalt and chromium) resulting in disease to both the immediate area and the entire body.
One central defect of the implant is the use of metal against metal which causes wear and tear and allows shards of metal to enter the body. The better design is for a metal ball and a plastic cup.
Many patients have had to have dangerous hip revision surgery. This involves removal of the DePuy hardware and insertion of new hardware. A revision surgery may be more extensive than the initial hip replacement, and some patients have required further surgeries beyond the revision.
As a result of these problems, DePuy made a voluntary recall on August 24, 2010.
Not all DePuy implants are defective. DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., is a major supplier of hip implants and has made other satisfactory types of artificial hips. DePuy is a division of Johnson & Johnson.
The following DePuy artificial hips are involved:
- ASR XL Acetabular System. This has been distributed worldwide.
- ASR Hip Resurfacing System. This system has been licensed outside the United States.
You should consult an attorney immediately if
- You are experiencing pain and other illnesses connected to your DePuy hip implant; or
- You have been told by your orthopedist that your problems are caused by a defective DePuy hip; or
- You are either scheduled for hip revision or are contemplating the surgery; or
- You have had your DePuy device removed and have undergone a full hip revision.
As with all cases we urge clients to contact an attorney immediately so that there is no issue as to the timeliness of commencing suit.
Please feel free to call me for a free consultation at 800-581-1434 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark E. Seitelman, 1/9/12, www.seitelman.com.