Produced by DePuy Orthopedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, the DePuy hip implant is a medical device surgically implanted in patients during a hip replacement used to improve mobility. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved the DePuy hip implant device in 2005 and gave DePuy Orthopedics permission to start marketing and distributing the device without conducting clinical trials. To date, approximately 93,000 people worldwide have received either the DePuy ASR XL Acetabular System or the ASR Hip Resurfacing System (a device that preserves more of the patient’s bone).
DePuy Hip Injury
Tragically, about 1 in every 8 patients who received a DePuy hip implant experience failure of their device and some serious hip injury within the first 5 years. While the device may loosen or become misaligned and cause severe pain, it may also release a dangerous amount of metal ions in the blood stream, dislocate the hip joint, fracture the bone, or cause serious infection. Other severe injuries associated with defective DePuy hip implants include neuropathy, damage to the muscle tissue, and necrosis (death of the body’s tissues and cells).
DePuy Hip Recall
In August 2010, DePuy Orthopedics issued a voluntary recall of both of its ASR hip implants due to high failure rates. Since 2008, the FDA reports that it has received more than 400 patient reports regarding DePuy hip injuries.
DePuy Hip Revision Surgery
Although not all DePuy hip implant patients will need to undergo surgery to have the device removed, for those who do, the associated hip revision surgery is highly invasive, expensive, and has a lengthy and difficult recovery.
DePuy Hip Lawyers, Lawsuits, and Settlements
Patients who have been seriously injured due to use of DePuy hip implant devices are encouraged to learn more about their legal rights and receive a professional assessment of their case by attending a complimentary initial consult with an esteemed DePuy hip implant lawyer.
The first DePuy hip implant lawsuit was filed in June 2010, and since then, a number of other individual and class action lawsuits have been filed against DePuy Orthopedics as a result of their defective hip implants. DePuy attorneys are dedicated to ardently advocating victims’ rights in any necessary legal proceeding to help them secure the settlement they deserve so they can focus on recovering and moving on with their lives.
If you or a loved one had a DePuy hip replacement and suffers from difficulty walking, hip dislocation, inflammation of the hip joint, loosening of the device, or severe hip pain you should contact our product liability attorneys immediately for a free and confidential case review. You may be entitled to compensation and we can help.
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