Depuy hip revision surgery is an invasive, costly procedure that approximately 1 out of every 8 Depuy hip replacement patients will need within two to three years after getting this medical device implanted. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2003, two Depuy hip implants were recalled in the U.S. in August 2010 (ASR XL Acetabular System total hip replacement and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System) due to findings that the device was causing between 13 and 18 percent of patients to experience the following painful, debilitating side effects:
- bone fractures
- dislocations of the hip
- permanent damage to the muscles and tissue surrounding the hip joint
- loosening of the hip cups
- pseudotumors (dense masses of tissues that resemble tumors)
- severe allergic reactions
About 93,000 Americans have received the Depuy hip replacement implant. Depuy Orthopedics is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.
When Depuy Hip Revision Surgeries are Needed
When patients begin to develop any of the above side effects, they may need to undergo a Depuy hip revision surgery. The two main problems with the Depuy hip replacement systems are that they release tiny metallic ions (specifically chromium and cobalt ions) that could damage the muscles and tissue surrounding the hip joint and that their design is inherently flawed in that it has a ball-and-socket joint that is too shallow.
Patients who experience any complication as a result of the Depuy hip replacement system should:
- Follow through with all necessary treatments, including blood testing, monitoring and, in the worst cases, Depuy hip revision surgery.
- Speak with one of our experienced Depuy hip device lawyers for a professional evaluation of their case, followed by expert advice regarding the best manner in which to proceed with their legal claim against Depuy Orthopedics.
Our seasoned defective medical device attorneys invite injured Depuy hip system patients to contact us for a free, no obligation initial consultation to learn more about their legal rights and entitlements. For those who choose to stand up for their legal rights by pursuing a Depuy hip lawsuit, no legal fees will be charged until or unless a settlement or jury verdict award is granted in their case. While Depuy hip settlements will vary according to the nature and severity of the injuries and losses sustained, most settlement awarded in Depuy hip revision surgery lawsuits includes compensation for:
- outstanding medical bills
- permanent disabilities
- ongoing treatment costs
- lost wages
- decreased quality of life
- pain and suffering